Connecting Relationships to Multiple Strands

Exploring the Relationship Between Diagonal Length and Side Length of a Square

Exploring Relationships - Diagonal Length vs. Side Length of a Square

I’ve been enjoying a really busy start to semester 2. I’m loving the implementation of the gamified assessment approach I’ve modified off of Jon Orr and Alice Keeler’s work, the spiralled approach to teaching grade 9 applied math that Jon and I are trying after receiving guidance from Alex Overwijk and co., prepping for the third series of full-day PD sessions for the MYCI project, and practicing my first keynote speech coming up in just a couple short weeks. Unfortunately, my blog has been taking a backseat to all of the other “stuff” going on. So while this will be short, I wanted to give a quick update as to what we’re up to in room 1031 at Tecumseh Vista Academy (click here for a summary of my lessons to date).

Exploring Relationships and Spiralling Multiple Concepts/Topics

As I mentioned above, I’ve been spiralling the content from my grade 9 applied course. In a nutshell, I’m breaking free from formal units and skimming the top of each strand, then spiralling back around to go deeper, then deeper, then even deeper. After only 12 classes, my students are doing things that I would traditionally wait weeks (or even months) before introducing.

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Exploring the Relationship Between Diagonal Length and Side Length of a Square

Exploring Relationships - Diagonal Length vs. Side Length of a Square

I’ve been enjoying a really busy start to semester 2. I’m loving the implementation of the gamified assessment approach I’ve modified off of Jon Orr and Alice Keeler’s work, the spiralled approach to teaching grade 9 applied math that Jon and I are trying after receiving guidance from Alex Overwijk and co., prepping for the third series of full-day PD sessions for the MYCI project, and practicing my first keynote speech coming up in just a couple short weeks. Unfortunately, my blog has been taking a backseat to all of the other “stuff” going on. So while this will be short, I wanted to give a quick update as to what we’re up to in room 1031 at Tecumseh Vista Academy (click here for a summary of my lessons to date).

Exploring Relationships and Spiralling Multiple Concepts/Topics

As I mentioned above, I’ve been spiralling the content from my grade 9 applied course. In a nutshell, I’m breaking free from formal units and skimming the top of each strand, then spiralling back around to go deeper, then deeper, then even deeper. After only 12 classes, my students are doing things that I would traditionally wait weeks (or even months) before introducing.





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About Kyle Pearce

I’m Kyle Pearce and I am a former high school math teacher. I’m now the K-12 Mathematics Consultant with the Greater Essex County District School Board, where I uncover creative ways to spark curiosity and fuel sense making in mathematics. Read more.


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