The Feedback-Friendly Classroom

How do you create a Feedback-Friendly culture with your learners? Join the Book Club for the month of January, 2018, starting January 9 online at TeachOntario: https://www.teachontario.ca/community/explore/TO-OSLA-book-club/projects/the-feedback-friendly-classroom-book-club Check out Pembroke Publishers for more information about the book, See you online! Deborah McCallum  

How do we design our Math Class?

I have been doing a lot of reflecting about math, in particular thinking about different types of math class situations, and considering what kinds of questions we need to ask to help students develop conceptual knowledge. In our math classes it is important to provide students with cognitively demanding tasks. Rich tasks are great examplesContinue reading “How do we design our Math Class?”

Reflections on #TheMathPod with Cathy Fosnot: The Meaning of Context

  I recently listened to The Math Pod recording with Cathy Fosnot and Stephen Hurley from VoiceEd Radio. This podcast really helped me to think about the different lenses that we use to teach math. This is where my thinking went. This caused me to connect with ‘lenses’ I have heard, particularly out in theContinue reading “Reflections on #TheMathPod with Cathy Fosnot: The Meaning of Context”

Math & Identity

I just read this great piece by Karin Brodie: Entitled: Yes, mathematics can be decolonised. Here’s how to begin   When we think about math, we often think about the content – but what about the way we think about it, the way it is taught? If think about math in these ways, we areContinue reading “Math & Identity”

Joseph Boyden

This morning I read the following new article by Joseph Boyden in MacLeans. It gave me a lot to think about. Here is the article. http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/my-name-is-joseph-boyden/ This article really brings into question for me about what being Indigenous really means, and what elements create your own identity. On one hand, it has really struck meContinue reading “Joseph Boyden”

Teaching and Assessment with Math Processes

Teaching and assessment in math go hand in hand. What ties them together are the mathematical processes. Our job as teachers is to help students build mathematical knowledge and skills of the curriculum through the 7 mathematical processes. They  include: problem solving reasoning and proving reflecting selecting tools and computational strategies connecting representing communicating ForContinue reading “Teaching and Assessment with Math Processes”

STEAM Job descriptions for Curriculum Planning

    Using job descriptions can facilitate program planning and student learning. A job description provides us with rich opportunities to extract content areas, learning goals, success criteria, and rich tasks for learning. It just doesn’t matter if the position is paid or not, volunteer or mandatory. The point is that you will often find keyContinue reading “STEAM Job descriptions for Curriculum Planning”