Approaches and methodologies

Guided discussion and discussion skills

This curriculum places great emphasis on child-child and child-teacher discussion.  In this way the child clarifies his/her thinking and gains self confidence and self-esteem.  Discussion, rather than just questioning, should be the basis of the interactions between teacher and child. This strategy encourages the development of skills and is also the arena for developing mathematical language. Children must be trained in discussion skills before they can effectively use them in a group.

Skills such as turn-taking, responding positively to the opinion of others and having the confidence to put forward an opinion of their own are essential skills that transfer both throughout the curriculum and into real life. Children must be secure in the knowledge that others will listen to their opinion and treat it with respect.