Why I Ask Students to Notice and Wonder


Why I Ask Students to Notice and Wonder - Featured Image

Recently, Jon Orr and I received some descriptive feedback from James Francis from Knowledgehook after watching us co-present a workshop titled “Making Math Moments That Matter” at the GECDSB Math Symposium. After sharing some of the pieces he really enjoyed, he also shared some constructive criticism: What I personally didn’t enjoy was the really general "what did you wonder" questioning that ...


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Exploding Dots for Global Math Week


Exploding Dots - Global Math Week - October 10th, 2017

Let's Get Over 1 Million Students Engaging in Joyous Math! If you've ever checked out my 3 act math tasks, you will quickly notice that I am all about sparking curiosity in order to fuel sense making for our students. Well, Exploding Dots nails the curiosity AND sense making pieces of the puzzle and with Global Math Week coming up next week, what better time than now to jump right in! It was o...


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The Progression of Division


Progresson of Division - Open Area Model for Division 195 Divided By 15

Division From Fair Sharing to Long Division and Beyond Over the past school year, I have had an opportunity to work with a great number of K to 8 teachers in my district with a focus on number sense and numeration. As a secondary math teacher turned K-12 math consultant, I’ve had to spend a significant amount of time tearing apart key number sense topics including the operations. While I often he...


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Avoiding Ineffective Uses of Technology With SAMR


SAMR Parking Lot

While in Austin, Texas for iPadpalooza back in 2014, Tim Yenca (@mryenca) was kind enough to give me a lift to dinner with a group of presenters. After noticing a parking lot with a sign advertising $5 parking, we found ourselves a spot and made our way to pay the fee. After looking around the lot for a payment machine, I ended up back at the sign near the entrance. Have a look: After taking...


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#Canada150Math Challenge


Canada 150 Math Challenge #Canada150Math

Celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday With a Month of Math With the recent raising of The Great Canadian Flag​ at the foot of Ouellette Avenue on Windsor’s waterfront, the excitement surrounding Canada’s 150th Birthday is well underway. Through the work of my Math Strategy Team at the Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB), we are inviting staff, students and their families to particip...


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EQAO Benchmark Tool Added to Knowledgehook Gameshow


Knowledgehook Gameshow EQAO Benchmark Tool Free

Brand New Tool Added to Knowledgehook Just In Time For EQAO Free Until September! The Waterloo, Ontario based edtech startup "Knowledgehook" is at it again with a really cool new feature that is free for the remainder of this school year. With the EQAO Assessment of Mathematics Standardized Test just around the corner for grade 3, 6 and 9 students across the province of Ontario, I would have lo...


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OAME 2017: The Beauty of Elementary Mathematics


Real Objects to Concrete Manipulatives to Visuals

How Little I Knew About Counting, Quantity and The Concreteness Fading Model St. Lawrence College - Kingston, Ontario Earlier today I had an opportunity to speak for 5 minutes during the OAME 2017 Conference during a session where each presenter has exactly 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds for a total of 5 minutes to discuss an educational topic of their choice. While most p...


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Why Japanese Multiplication Works


Why Japanese Multiplication Works - Using Lines to Multiply Is Not a Math Trick

Japanese Multiplication? Chinese Multiplication? Line Multiplication? Whatever it's called, it's only a trick if you simply memorize without meaning Have you ever wondered why Japanese multiplication works? I've heard some call it Chinese multiplication, multiplication from India, Vedic multiplication, stick multiplication, line multiplication and many more. While many might argue as to the...


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The Four Roles of the Numerate Learner


The Four Roles of the Numerate Learner

Effective teaching and assessment strategies to help students think differently about mathematics Mary Fiore and Maria Luisa Lebar If one were to ask whether language literacy and mathematical literacy were alike, I would predict that the beliefs of the majority would be that they are very different. In The Four Roles of the Numerate Learner, authors Mary Fiore and Maria Luisa Lebar use the fi...


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Making Number Talks Matter


Making Number Talks Matter - Book Cover 1024

Developing Mathematical Practices and Deepening Understanding, Grades 4-10 Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker Mathematics Professional Reading In my district, Number Talks: Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies, Grades K-5 by Sherry Parrish has been a major resource for our primary and junior teachers to promote proficiency and fluency in number sense and numeration for t...


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