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


Week In Review #2 Featured Image - Candle Burning, Assessment 1, R2D2, Gas Guzzler

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...


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


Week In Review - Week 1 - Welcome to Grade 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 ...


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