## Tapping It Up A Notch: Pool Noodles

Math Task Redesign: Creating Visuals and Adding Context Problem: Finding the Perimeter and Area of Composite Figures With An Unknown In both the MFM1P Grade 9 Applied and MPM1D Grade 9 Academic Ontario math courses, students are required to find the perimeter and area of composite figures given dimensions involving an unknown value. A typical textbook problem looks like this: In my e...

## Tapping It Up A Notch: Spatial Reasoning and Visualizing Math

Math Task Redesign: Creating Visuals and Adding Context As some may know from recent posts, much of my focus has been in the area of making math more visual by adding context through real world problems and 3 Act Math Tasks. In some cases, it can be difficult to seek out good situations to snap a picture or record video and thus we are left with weak problems offered by textbooks. Inspire...

## Does Memorizing Multiplication Tables Hurt More Than Help?

Knowing Your Times Tables Is Nice. But Is It Necessary for Success? As you may have heard in the Globe and Mail or in my recent post, Ontario Education Minister, Liz Sandals recently tossed a comment into the media about the need for students to know their math facts: That’s actually a great homework assignment: Learn your multiplication tables. Liz Sandals - Ontario Minister of Educa...

## Great Read – Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Professional Reading Review Over the past year, I had heard quite a bit of "buzz" about Carol Dweck's research on Mindset and how it can affect student learning and achievement. A few months ago, I was at a Ministry of Education SIM Session in London, Ontario and we watched a taped presentation from Carol Dweck that really caught my attention. Prior to watching this video, I had never given m...

## Ontario Education Minister Makes Math Matters Worse

A couple days ago, I received a tweet from a good colleague and friend, @cowpernicus about comments made by Ontario Education Minister, Liz Sandals: @MathletePearce Ontario Ed Minister wants basics: ‘Learn your multiplication tables’ http://t.co/18hfd8DPRV "a great homework assignment."— James Cowper (@Cowpernicus) April 5, 2014 In the Globe and Mail Article, Ontario Ed...

## 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...