Supporting Struggling Students in Math

Supporting students who struggle in math with developmentally appropriate content and pedagogical strategies

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 →

We want our students to think critically about the sites on the internet. We want them to think critically about the information shared online, and make sure that the information is bias free. Particularly when conducting research. Perhaps most important, we want students to not be swayed into rhetoric that is damaging or dangerous to... Continue Reading →

Feedback

I think that feedback is one of those constructs in education that seems both ‘common sensical’ yet elusive at the same time. It is absolutely essential to learning, (and we all know this to be true), but for me, the feedback always seemed to something I had to ‘complete’ or ‘achieve’ with the students at... 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 →

Professional Learning: Does it work?

I have been doing some research lately into Training Evaluation, and quite unexpectedly have become intrigued at how we measure professional development and whether it really works. A lot of time, money, effort, resources, blood, sweat, and tears goes into PD. We as educators provide and receive PD regularly, but does it change our learning... 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 →

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 key... Continue Reading →

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