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 #07 Student Needs · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #15 Professional Learning

Assessment FOR learning Through Effective Questioning

As I read this chapter I was able to see correlation between this chapter and Dylan William’s next book Embedding Formative Assessment which are reading as part of the Galileo sessions with CBE. William (2011) gives examples of question shells on page 86. I really liked how there are examples given that show possible questions and… Continue reading Assessment FOR learning Through Effective Questioning

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 #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 #07 Student Needs · KSA #15 Professional Learning

Spatial Relationships and Learning

Without a doubt most teachers, parents and students would agree that the physical space makes a difference to learning. Yet many classrooms lack windows and proper lighting and are painted in dreary colours that are uninviting. The spaces many of us are expected to teach in are not conducive to learning. This fall I took a… Continue reading Spatial Relationships and Learning

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