#MTBoS Blogging Initiative Week 1: One Good Thing


2016 MTBoS Blogging Initiative Week One - One Good Thing

Man. Time FLIES! I feel like it was just yesterday when I made a commitment to myself to do a "Week In Review" series that summarized what I had been up to in the classroom each week. I had all the momentum on my side up until week 6, but then I was off to Norway for the NORCAN Project for over a week. Talk about falling off the wagon hard! Then, we hit the busy "before Christmas Break" stretc...


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Grade 9 EQAO Math Practice Links for @Knowledgehook Gameshow!


Knowledgehook Gameshow Embed Practice Links

Convenient & FREE Practice Options For Your Students A few folks were interested in the Free EQAO Practice via Knowledgehook’s Gameshow tool, but felt they didn’t have the time to experiment with a new tool during “crunch time” in the semester. I know the feeling! Now, Knowledgehook has made it easy for students to practice any Gameshow independently without any setup, registration, or other h...


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Are Math Facts “THE” Urgent Student Learning Need?


Are Math Facts THE Urgent Student Learning Need

Or, are they just a piece of a massive, more complex problem? This past Thursday for our MYCI Planning Meeting WSG Dan Meyer, there was quite a bit of discussion surrounding math facts as a student learning need. This is no surprise, as I think we can all agree that this is an area we would like to support our students in. The discussions at each table made it clear to me that we are all passio...


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Lecture Learning vs. Active Learning


Lecture Learning vs Active Learning - Is there reason for a debate?

Should we be done with the debate? This past week, I had an opportunity to hear Justin Reich (MIT Teaching Labs Researcher) speak for the second time and he referenced a white paper called: "Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics”. His interpretation of the paper was that the data indicated that "it is almost unethical to use lecturing in a contro...


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My NORCAN Experience in Norway


My NORCAN Experience in Norway

A Week in Oslo With Alberta, Norway & Ontario I hope you enjoy a summary of my NORCAN Experience from my week in Oslo, Norway from October 18th - October 24th, 2015. https://storify.com/MathletePearce/norcan-experience...


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WIR #6 – Pythagorean Theorem, Equations, and Linear Relations


Week In Review 6 - Pythagorean Theorem Taco Cart Solving Equations Featured Image

A Weekly Summary of My Math Classroom October 12th to 16th, 2015 The semester is flying by and I’m really happy with the progress students are making in their mathematical thinking, communication, and confidence. I was especially pleased this week when a student who had very low levels of confidence and was not engaging in the work, began taking risks by participating and both his confidence a...


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Week In Review #5 – Direct/Partial Variation & Solving Equations


Week In Review 5 - Flaps Crazy Taxi Solving Equations With Explain Everything

A Weekly Summary of My Math Classroom October 5th to 9th, 2015 After three days out of the classroom, it felt great to be back working on some math with my students. This week, I wanted to explicitly discuss the difference between direct and partial variation linear relations and then start moving towards solving multi-step linear relations that involve collecting like terms, distribution and ...


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Week In Review #4 – Geometry & Linear/Non-Linear Relations


Week In Review 4 - Angles Gameshow Assessment 3 and Placing Toothpicks Tasks

A Weekly Summary of My Math Classroom September 28th to October 2nd, 2015 I can't believe the fourth week of school has already come and gone. This week was a bit hectic as I was away on Tuesday and Wednesday engaging in professional development as a part of my role as Middle Years Collaborative Inquiry (MYCI) Lead for my district and again on Thursday delivering a keynote for the Carleton Ott...


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Tips Moving From Math Procedures to Understanding


Tips Moving From Math Procedures to Understanding

Good At Math or Good at Memorization? I opened my inbox to the following email this morning: Hi Kyle, Scott Miller here. We met at the DVC Math Conference in February. In reading/watching your presentation "Two Groups of Math Students I Created in My Classroom" have you found students that are Not Good at Memorization, but do not struggle with unfamiliar problems? Have you gotten flack f...


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Week In Review #3 – Measurement, Linear Relations and Geometry


Week In Review #3 - Composite Figures, Gas Guzzler, Placing Toothpicks, Best Triangle

A Weekly Summary of My Math Classroom September 21st to 25th, 2015 Day #10 - Monday September 21st, 2015 Composite Figures Practice Today, I had intended to use a Knowledgehook Gameshow as a warm-up related to area of composite figures and then move into the Gas Guzzler 3 Act Math Task. Unfortunately, my timing was completely off as I had 7 questions and some students who were pretty eager t...


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