Revelations

by Amy Park Wow, we have had two days of powerful math happening in our classes. As per our last discussion, we gave each student a 100s chart. We began by asking students to colour in all of the multiples of one. To our surpriseā€¦most kids had no idea what we were talking about. In fact, many confused looks were exchanged among the students – and us, as we realized that few kids knew where to start. Then the magic beganā€¦students started making conjectures, they began supporting and refuting others’ conjectures, they were talking about abstract concepts and began developing … Continue reading Revelations

Grade 4 Math Goes Abstract…

by Deirdre Bailey I spent Sunday trying to combine the best of Mighton’s mathematical understanding with Fosnot’s teaching style in order to develop a way of reinforcing times tables in way that would be engaging, meaningful and memorable. I re-wrote the whole lesson about 8 times. I started with the idea of trying to teach number patterns but a conversation with my husband reinforced that these should arise as personal strategies. We all have different ways thinking through multiples of nine in our head… I learned more about math yesterday than I think I might have in all of Elementary. … Continue reading Grade 4 Math Goes Abstract…

Networking Days: You’re Invited!

You’re invited to come learn with us! In the next month we are hosting 2 Professional Development Networking Days. The goal of these days is to bring together teachers of a particular subject to share ideas with time to plan projects for the year. Also, these days are a chance to broaden our PD networks and build relationships that can extend beyond the day. Last year we tried this with two subjects, Phys Ed and Fine Arts, and both of the days went really well. This year we are hosting two more, Phys Ed and Social Studies (Grades 6, 8 … Continue reading Networking Days: You’re Invited!