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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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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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Counting Principles – Counting and Cardinality


Counting Principles - Principles of Counting and Quantity Featured Image

A Progression of Counting and Quantity As a former secondary math teacher and intermediate math coach, my new role as K-12 math consultant has led to a wealth of knowledge that I wish I had during my years spent in the classroom. My conversations about student learning needs with intermediate and senior math teachers always seems to come down to gaps in student understanding, however rarely wer...


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Talk Less, Listen More


Talk Less, Listen More

Time flies, doesn't it? It is hard to believe that this is my first post of the 2016-17 School Year and it is the middle of October. After doing some travelling to present throughout the summer and spending the balance of my time with my family, the beginning of the school year came fast and furious and hasn't slowed down yet. There was definitely no "ease in" time for my new role as K-12 Math...


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[Updated Post] Does Memorizing Multiplication Tables Hurt More Than Help?


North American Multiplication Algorithm 12 x 9 = 108

Post update: Saturday May 21st, 2016 This post was originally written two years ago and admittedly took an angle that downplayed the importance of automaticity of multiplication skills which was not the original intention. Please read on as I attempt to clarify the original intent of the article. Let's Promote Understanding to Build Automaticity Over Time As you may have heard in the Globe and...


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What Makes A 3 Act Math Task So Effective?


What Makes A 3 Act Math Task So Effective

When delivering teacher workshops, I almost always include a 3 Act Math Task as a way to model the 4-part math lesson framework and for teachers to experience the power of introducing new concepts by leveraging curiosity. Although my workshops spend a significant amount of time exploring interesting lessons, teachers often want a formal description of what defines a 3 Act Math Task from any othe...


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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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