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Is There a Best Way to Learn Mathematics?


Is There A Best Way To Learn Mathematics?

Which Is Best: Inquiry or Explicit Instruction? The ongoing debate over whether math concepts should be taught using a discovery approach versus explicit instruction has been going on for years. These "math wars" (see examples here and here) typically paint effective instruction in mathematics as an either/or situation between the two extremes. Some might interpret inquiry based instruction as ...


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Earning Versus Learning


Learning About Earning - Maximizing Return in the Stock Market and In the Classroom

Maximizing Your Return on Investment In recent months, I've been doing quite a bit of reading about investing in the stock market. I've always had an interest in finance and saving money, but I have never really had a deep understanding of how to be a successful investor beyond handing my money over to a financial advisor or picking random mutual funds. As I dug deeper into the investing world,...


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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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Digital Worksheet Rant Is Hurting Progress


Digital Worksheet Rant Hurts Educational Technology Progress

If you're reading this blog, I can bet you're like me. You love technology. You love teaching. You want to change the way we do things in education. You might even share all of the hard work you've done to pave the path to the future of Learning in the 21st Century. You're an IT Director, Superintendent, School Administrator, Tech Coach, or the Teacher Tech Leader in your building. You are c...


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Creating Learning Goals & Success Criteria Collaboratively


Creating Learning Goals and Success Criteria Collaboratively - MPM1D

How Google Spreadsheets Can Bring Teachers Together I've always wondered why more of us don't work together to build our courses. It is time consuming, sure. But I'm sure we would save much more time working with our colleagues than working alone. More importantly, I think that the conversations and differences of opinion experienced through exploring different approaches to delivering curri...


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How to Promote Positive Student Attitude in Math Class


The Drive to Work - Real World Mathematics - 3 Act Task

How to Bring Out the Best in Your Math Students Think back to your experience from elementary or secondary math class. What do you remember? For me, I don't recall a classroom that was buzzing with energy, engaging or exciting in any way. Sit down, copy a note and get some homework completed was the general procedure for most math classes. Don't get me wrong, I had some great teachers as ...


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The Standardized Test Debate – Is EQAO Good For Education?


The Standardized Test Debate - Is EQAO Good for Education?

Anyone in the education sector would agree that EQAO and other standardized tests are very controversial. It seems that there is a huge number of educators that are completely against the idea of standardized testing and I can understand why. My impression is that most believe standardized testing encourages the educator to "Teach to the Test" rather than teach as they would if there were no big ...


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The Stages of Teacher Professional Development


Stages of Teacher Professional Development | Educator Learning

Reflecting on my approach to curriculum integration over the years, I feel that there are three stages outlining how teachers integrate curriculum in their classroom. Since every teacher is different, we might want to consider these stages as more of a continuum where some may engage in more than one stage at a time. However you decide to look at it, I think that the Stages of Teacher Profession...


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Khan Academy and Technology Cannot Replace Teachers


Khan Academy and Technology Cannot Replace Teachers | iPad Education

Technology Is Only Effective When Paired With Solid Instructional Practice This past weekend, I participated in the Teacher Learning and Leadership Program (TLLP) Sharing Summit in Mississauga, Ontario to meet with other teachers and learn from each other. While standing by my table where I was sharing my experience with the Tap Into Teen Minds iPad Classroom, I was approached by a man loaded ...


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Problem Solving With Dan Meyer’s Three-Act Math Stories


Problem Solving With Dan Meyer's Three-Act Math Stories

Why wait to try one? Engage Your Students Today! This past May, I travelled to the OAME 2012 Annual Conference in Kingston to present the Tap Into Teen Minds iPad Classroom to colleagues across Ontario. Leading up to the conference, I had heard a lot of buzz about some of the keynote speakers and was constantly being asked by attendees if I would be attending the Dan Meyer session on problem ...


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