KSA #03 Program of Studies · KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies

Mathematical Understanding of Teachers

I was blown away this summer when Brent Davis shared his research about teacher knowledge and that a teacher having high level mathematics courses doesn’t make them a better math teacher. When I heard that one of our courses over the summer was on metaphors in mathematics, I panicked. I didn’t see at all how… Continue reading Mathematical Understanding of Teachers

KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #15 Professional Learning

Variation Pedagogy

One of the big things that jumped out at me from the Math Minds article was the sentence “when tasks are organized such that each piece builds on understanding of the previous, assessing understanding at the end of a lesson or even at several intervals during a lesson is not enough.” This is something that… Continue reading Variation Pedagogy

KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #15 Professional Learning

Variation Theory and it’s Application to Teaching and Learning Math

So, truth be told last night I was feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and defeated. This week there has been something every week and the start to a new semester, so work has been insane. It’s basketball season and I’m coaching our senior boys, we had our first games this week and practices and now a tournament.… Continue reading Variation Theory and it’s Application to Teaching and Learning Math

KSA #03 Program of Studies · KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

The Leaving Footprints Project

In grade 8, students study the Renaissance in Humanities and Mechanical Systems in Science. To bring these two ideas together, we decided to teach these units of study at the same time. Yesterday students began their inquiry into a chosen inventor from the Renaissance and the invention they created. Students will be tracing their invention… Continue reading The Leaving Footprints Project

KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies

Design Thinking – Chair Build

In design thinking students were tasked with two different chair building projects. The first asked students to build a chair using only newspaper and masking tape that could support the weight of each of the members of their team. Each group had to complete the following: Complete and submit a blueprint for the chair Build… Continue reading Design Thinking – Chair Build

KSA #03 Program of Studies · KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies

The Meaning of Area

To begin our unit on Surface Area and to review the concept of area, students were given a bag of irregular shaped objects, string and 1-centimeter square grid paper. With these materials students were asked to determine, as accurately as possible, the area of each of the irregular shaped objects. Students were challenged to figure… Continue reading The Meaning of Area

KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Real-life Math

Students were given a percent project a couple weeks back. In this project they were given an hourly wage and using this hourly wage they had to calculate their annual gross income, annual net income (using current tax brackets), create a budget, determine the type of home they could (or could not afford) and then… Continue reading Real-life Math

KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Dog House Project

For the months of November and December we worked on the concepts of surface area and volume in math class. Throughout the unit students engaged in inquiry based classes where rather than providing them a formula, I gave them shapes on grid (or plain white) paper and asked them to use their prior knowledge to… Continue reading Dog House Project

KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies

DNA Extraction

Today, my students and I were extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to visit Dr. Aaron Goodarzi and his research team at the Heritage Medical Research Centre in the Foothills Hospital. “The technological age has seen humans increasingly exposed to sources of DNA-damaging [ionization] radiation” guides the research conducted by Dr. Goodarzi and his team with… Continue reading DNA Extraction

KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Let’s Plan a Feast!

Currently in Grade 8 Math we are working on ratios, rates and proportions. Last week, through a series of lessons, scaffolding was used to increase students understanding of the concepts. This week students were given an assignment called “Let’s Plan a Feast”. The Original Plan Students would be given specific items and assigned to a… Continue reading Let’s Plan a Feast!