## Book Review: The 4 Hour Work Week

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich As mentioned in a recent post, I am using my time in the car and at the gym listening to audiobooks through Audible.com. I'm just two weeks in and I'm halfway through my second audiobook. That's about one and a half more books than I have read in the past year! Sadly, I don't think that is an exaggeration. However, after...

## Making Connections in Proportional Reasoning

How to Apply Proportional Reasoning Concepts to Other Strands Through my work with the Middle Years Collaborative Inquiry Project with teams of intermediate math teachers from 29 different schools, it is clear that teaching in Ontario elementary classrooms can be tough. Teaching multiple subjects throughout the day, daily interruptions, and pressure to have adequate assessment data from ea...

## How Audible Can Help You Grow Professionally Without Sacrificing Time

Ask family or friends and you'll learn quickly that I am definitely not a Bookworm by any means. Much of my professional learning and growth comes from reading the online articles, blogs, and journals that Tweeps in my professional learning network share with me via social media. While I have no plans to change my online reading habits, I have been exploring other options to learn more about...

## Using Algebra Tiles to Better Communicate Algebraically

Picture the Math Before You Do The Math The second unit in my MPM1D Grade 9 Academic Math Course is typically the portion of the course students struggle with the most and coincidentally the most boring to teach. Why do students struggle with this unit? Well, it deals with communicating math algebraically. Why is it boring to teach? Well, it deals with communicating math algebraically...

## Complex Can Be Simple

How Simple Scenarios Lead to Complex Math Just a few hours ago, I was mentioned in a Tweet by @i2Learn with a link to a picture of how math is all around us: https://twitter.com/i2Learn/status/444145090379128834 At first glance, the photo looks like a great opportunity for introducing the basic concept of arrays and multiplication. However, since I have been using algebra tiles quite ext...

## Using Algebra Tiles to Collect Like Terms and Simplify

For some, collecting like terms and simplifying expressions isn't too hard a task. For others, it can be quite difficult if they are depending on memorizing the rules without any real context to go along with it. Students may be asking questions similar to these when determining what is a like term and how to simplify the expression: Do I add the numbers in front of the variable AND the ...

## Math is Like a Trip to Your Buddy’s Cottage

Recently, I've been on an Algebra Tile kick to try and address an urgent student learning need I see in my classroom and across the district. Even students with higher marks in math don't necessarily understand what it is they are actually doing; simply memorizing procedure and replacing the numbers from the example copied in class is usually enough to get by. Shortcuts Before Taking The L...

## Making Connections to Prior Knowledge in Math

A couple days ago, I wrote a post explaining that Making Math Real Doesn't Have to Be Difficult. In the post, I attempted to make connections between an algebraic representation of the area of a rectangle involving a variable and a visual of the same scenario using a method based on the use of algebra tiles for distribution. In previous years, I would have simply provided students a diagram of...

## Making Math Real Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult

UPDATE: Tuesday March 4th, 2014 I introduced the concept of distribution using this problem today. I added the solutions below, so CLICK HERE to jump to the bottom if you've read this post previously! It is no secret that I am a big fan of Dan Meyer's 3 Act Math Tasks for the immediate interest and attention you receive from your students. Using tasks shared by Dan and other Mathletes ...

## Striving for Deeper Understanding and Retention in Math Class

Moving Away From Memorization and Toward Understanding I must admit: I have never been a big fan of algebra tiles. Coming from the secondary side of things, I think that most of us high school math teachers probably focus on the algebraic representation of concepts we teach. In a perfect world, students come into secondary school with a firm grasp of number sense and numeration. I me...