Math Talk in the Classroom

Facilitating quality math talk in the classroom is essential to promote student learning. However, this can be very challenging. One cornerstone of effective math talk, is the ability to listen, question, paraphrase and learn from other students. Despite the fact that teachers create classroom norms and expectations around effective communication, students may be inadvertently reinforced... Continue Reading →

Number Talks

Importance of Number Talks for conceptual understanding.

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 examples... Continue Reading →

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 the... Continue Reading →

I just spent the last 3 days at a Summer Academy for Purposeful Math Planning. I was very intrigued when we were discussing number sense and the need to become more flexible with numbers and how we use them in our world. Only one person brought up the issue of culture and how numbers are... Continue Reading →

Spatial Reasoning and Student Success

  Spatial Reasoning This year, I have had the privilege of designing a brand new makerspace for our school. In addition, I have been able to focus on visual-spatial reasoning as the thread that pulls together science, math and technology. What is spatial reasoning? According to the Ministry of Education, Spatial reasoning is the ability... Continue Reading →

Makerspaces & Math Links

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