KSA #01 Contextual Variables · KSA #02 Alberta Structure · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #11 Assessment

Accountability and Assessment in Mathematics

A post from 20 November 2018 In our last unit my team planned a huge cross curricular project with our Humanities partners. Towards the end of the project, my one Math/Science colleague said to me, for the end of the unit I have a 50 question multiple choice test we can give. I asked him,… Continue reading Accountability and Assessment in Mathematics

KSA #06 Planning · KSA #08 Relationships

The Selves we Teach

The “expressive and managerial self”, both focus on the interior processes and functions of individuals. In Martin’s (2007) discussion of the “expressive self” page 19 from Combs (1961) is quoted, which states, “self-actualizing people see themselves in positive ways, and you do not get this from having failures”. Additionally, a learner’s focus on meeting criteria… Continue reading The Selves we Teach

KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #15 Professional Learning

Open Problems: Learning to Manage Variation & Working Memory

Mason and Johnston-Wilder (2006) began their article with the following: “the purpose of a task is to initiate mathematically fruitful activity that leads to a transformation in what learners are sensitized to notice and competent to carry out” (p. 25). I read this quote and I was hooked. I think this sentence phrases what I… Continue reading Open Problems: Learning to Manage Variation & Working Memory

KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #15 Professional Learning

Using Difference to Draw Attention

Until learning about VTL I hadn’t really thought about how I could / should use contrast in my lessons. Now, I’m really seeing how it is a powerful tool. Today in class we were looking at patterns and equations. Specifically we were looking at the affect of a changing coefficient, while keeping the constant the same for… Continue reading Using Difference to Draw Attention

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 #06 Planning · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Maker vs. Design Thinking

Are “maker” and “Design Thinking” the same? Can we use these terms synonymously? In many conversations with teachers I hear these terms being used interchangeably. If students are making, they are design thinking, or if they are design thinking, they have to be making. However, this is not the case. Maker is merely one component of Design… Continue reading Maker vs. Design Thinking

KSA #01 Contextual Variables · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #13 Community Involvement

Community Partners Benefit Learning Opportunities for Students

This month Laura Olson, Design Engineer at Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd., came in to work with our grade 8 students. Our students were working on their Rube Goldberg machines as their unit end project for Mechanical Systems. One of the aspects of the design process we emphasized in this project was how the students communicated their… Continue reading Community Partners Benefit Learning Opportunities for Students

KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Partner Teaching: Worthwhile Work

This year is my first year in a true partner teaching role. In the past I have team taught – working with another colleague in the classroom in a specialized setting – but this is my first year having another math/science expert to plan similar learning experiences with. For me, partner teaching consists of my… Continue reading Partner Teaching: Worthwhile Work