## #Canada150Math Challenge

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...

## EQAO Benchmark Tool Added to Knowledgehook Gameshow

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...

## OAME 2017: The Beauty of Elementary Mathematics

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...

## Why Japanese Multiplication Works

Japanese Multiplication? Chinese Multiplication? Line Multiplication? Whatever it's called, it's only a trick if you simply memorize without meaning Have you ever wondered why Japanese multiplication works? I've heard some call it Chinese multiplication, multiplication from India, Vedic multiplication, stick multiplication, line multiplication and many more. While many might argue as to the...

## The Four Roles of the Numerate Learner

Effective teaching and assessment strategies to help students think differently about mathematics Mary Fiore and Maria Luisa Lebar If one were to ask whether language literacy and mathematical literacy were alike, I would predict that the beliefs of the majority would be that they are very different. In The Four Roles of the Numerate Learner, authors Mary Fiore and Maria Luisa Lebar use the fi...

## Making Number Talks Matter

Developing Mathematical Practices and Deepening Understanding, Grades 4-10 Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker Mathematics Professional Reading In my district, Number Talks: Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies, Grades K-5 by Sherry Parrish has been a major resource for our primary and junior teachers to promote proficiency and fluency in number sense and numeration for t...

## Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You Had

By: Tracy Johnston Zager Mathematics Professional Reading I just recently had the opportunity to read Tracy Johnston Zager's new book, Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You Had and I'm so glad I did. The Foreword begins with a reference to the author, Tracy Zager’s quote that “Good math teaching begins with us” and tells us that the book will take us on a journey through a number of differen...

## Counting Principles – Counting and Cardinality

A Progression of Counting and Quantity Having spent the majority of my professional life teaching secondary math and mentoring intermediate (grades 7 to 10) math teachers, 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 se...

## The Progression of Fractions

Exploring Fraction Constructs and Proportional Reasoning Fractions are a beast of a concept that causes struggles for many adults and students alike. While we all come to school with some intuition to help us with thinking fractionally and proportionally, the complexity quickly begins to increase as we move from concrete, to visual, to symbolic and from identifying, to comparing, to manipulatin...

## The Progression of Multiplication

Arrays and Area Models to The Standard Algorithm Did you know that the words "array" and "area model" appear in the Grade 1-8 Math Curriculum a combined 22 times? Not only do arrays and area models help to support the development of proportional reasoning when we formally introduce multiplication in primary, but they also help us understand how to develop strategies that lead to building numbe...