KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #15 Professional Learning

Collaborative Culture in Math Class

A post from 14 November 2017 I think teachers are often skeptical of group work because they are unsure how they will accurately and fairly assess individual student understanding of the concept being worked on. Towers and Martin (2015) have done an effective job bringing to light a new form of data manipulation from the… Continue reading Collaborative Culture in Math Class

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 #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 #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 #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 #01 Contextual Variables · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #15 Professional Learning

The Journey of Learning

I’ve been given the opportunity this year to attend workshops hosted by Galileo Educational Network. Once a month I meet with other new teachers and we discuss what we are seeing in our class, project design, assessment, etc. It’s been an extremely interesting experience to have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with others on… Continue reading The Journey of Learning

KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #11 Assessment

Wheel of Theodorus Project

In grade 8 math we study square roots/numbers and the Pythagorean Theorem. For their final assessment students found evidence of Pythagorean Theorem in their daily life. Students were assessed on their ability to: Stem 1. Connect concepts – find evidence of Pythagorean Theorem in their daily life Stem 4. Computation – correct calculations Stem 5.… Continue reading Wheel of Theodorus Project

KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #11 Assessment

The Cell Analogy

In Science class we are currently learning about the cell and the students are working on creating a product to demonstrate their learning through analogies. Some students are writing a cell story, others are making a comic, a rap (or song), a newscast, etc. Each student has been given the opportunity to personalize his or… Continue reading The Cell Analogy

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!

KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Final Projects

Final project season is in full swing. It’s been an interesting experience watching students adjust to the concept of less structure and more self-regulation. Throughout the year, students receive instruction, assignments, individual work, group work, etc. providing some sense of structure to the day. During the month of June, students are working on final projects everyday… Continue reading Final Projects