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## #MTBoS Blogging Initiative Week 1: 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...

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

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...

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

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 ...

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

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...

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

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...

## Week In Review #2 – Spiralled Tasks & Assessment #1

A Weekly Summary of My Math Classroom September 14th to 18th, 2015 Day #5 - Monday September 14th, 2015 Two-Variable Relationships: Candle Burning Today was the first day that most of our regular apps were installed on the iPads. It was good timing, because I wanted to explore some more concepts related to two-variable relationships. Since I am spiralling the course, I intend to avoid giving...

## Week In Review #1: Welcome to Gr 9 Academic Math

A Weekly Summary of My Math Classroom Week #1 - September 8th-11th, 2015 I love posting reflections after lessons in my classroom, but often struggle to find the time to do it. This year, I'm going to try to give a short summary of what we were up to during the previous week. It might not be super detailed, but I hope it has enough meat to outline what we are up to in Grade 9 Academic Math at ...

## We Can Teach By Talking, But Are They Listening?

A few weeks back, I was reading a book called Teaching Minds (Kindle/Hardcover/Paperback or Audible Audiobook) by Roger Schank and really enjoyed it. As a Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University after his faculty experience at Stanford and then Yale, he is known for the quote: There are only two things wrong with the education system - What we teach; and, How we teach...

## Why We Must Model The Interconnections in Math

An Example of Tricks and Quick Fixes Leading to a Dead End Recently, my students were just starting their weekly assessment that interleaves/spirals our math learning goals from the year. The first problem was taken directly from an EQAO Standardized Test open response release question about unit rate: My students have been working with ratios, rates, and proportional reasoning delivere...

## Interleaving Number Sense & Algebra Concepts

Making Math Fun Through Curiosity, Collaboration and Failure Yesterday was our first class after the Ontario weeklong March Break. I had plenty of time while travelling to reflect on what new approaches were working and what areas I needed to work on. Most recently, I have been trying to focus on making math tasks contextual, visual and concrete while also modelling the interconnectedness of ...