GECDSB Secondary Mathematics Professional Development

Thursday September 21st, 2017

Thanks for joining the GECDSB Student Success and the Program Department for a day of secondary mathematics professional development.

Below, you will find links to some of the many resources we explored today.


James Francis from Knowledgehook was here today to help secondary department heads and some math teachers learn about their Instructional Guidance System.

To get started:

  1. Go to and create a teacher account.
  2. Use the Premium Code: GECDSB18

Consider checking out these posts below if you want more details about what Knowledgehook has to offer:

What Do You Notice and Wonder?

We explored this image:

Prime Climb - Showing Numbers 1 to 20

After taking some time to notice and wonder in your groups, participants shared out what they noticed and wondered.

We let you share out your thinking as well as make any conjectures. Then you were challenged to predict what any number from 21 to 60 looked like.

I then let you see this image:

Prime Climb - Numbers 1 to 60

These images are from Daniel Finkel’s Prime Climb game from his website,

Math4Success offers some blog posts [here, here and here] involving ways that you might consider using these images in your classroom.

We took some time to check out his TED Talk below.

Daniel Finkel’s TED Talk: Five Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching

We then watched Daniel Finkel’s inspiring TED Talk:

The GECDSB Mathematics Strategy

We took a few minutes to discuss the GECDSB Math Strategy:

GECDSB Math Strategy

As well as the Mathematical Proficiencies:

Mathematical Proficiencies

The full GECDSB Mathematics Vision is here.

GECDSB Mathematical Proficiencies

GECDSB Mathematics Symposium

GECDSB Mathematics Symposium November 4th, 2017

The GECDSB Mathematics Strategy Team is excited to continue the deep learning of mathematics across the system from K-12, and what better way to start off the 2017-18 school year on a positive note than with a full day of learning with your colleagues. Details of the event are below:

Event: GECDSB K-12 Mathematics Symposium 2017: Expertise for All
Date: Saturday November 4th, 2017
Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Tecumseh Vista Academy

Sessions will be available for all system mathematics teachers from K to 12.

Lunch will be provided to all participants.

Please register on BookIt by Friday October 20th, 2017.

Interested in leading a workshop/presentation? Please contact Kyle Pearce.

We look forward to engaging in this voluntary professional development opportunity with you and your colleagues in November!

Global Math Week

Global Math Week - Global Math Project Information

The GECDSB Vision for Mathematics Document was released during the 2015-16 school year to outline our board stance on Mathematical Literacy which includes the Five Mathematical Proficiencies, Eight Considerations When Planning for Mathematical Instruction and our Beliefs.

As a means to support both Our Vision for Mathematics and the considerations presented by The Math Task Force, The Greater Essex County District School Board is happy to endorse and promote Global Math Week led by The Global Math Project on their quest to reach 1 million students from around the world.

Global Math Week will take place from October 10th to 17th, 2017 and participating can take as little as 15 minutes to gift your students the opportunity to participate in a global movement to change how the world perceives and enjoys mathematics! This opportunity to engage in joyous mathematics activities spans from Kindergarten through Grade 12 and the website offers full technology, low technology, and no technology versions to ensure every classroom can participate.

Interested in Learning More?

Looking For More Guidance? Attend the After School Workshop!

Math teachers from K-12 are welcome to join us in unpacking the possibilities of the Global Math Project in your classroom during an optional after school workshop.

Details are as follows:

Global Math Week: A “How-To” Guide

Do you have 15 minutes… in October?

Join 1 million students, teachers, and friends in an astounding mathematical experience! See mathematics like you’ve never seen it before and take part in a global math conversation with your students.

In this workshop, we will give you a step-by-step guide to engaging in this incredible mathematics experience in your classroom from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

  • Date: Thursday October 5th, 2017
  • Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Location: Administration Building – Kingsville Room
  • Register on BookIt

A light dinner will be provided to all participants.

Please register on BookIt by Wednesday October 4th, 2017.

If you have any questions regarding participation in Global Math Week, please contact K-12 Mathematics Consultant, Kyle Pearce.

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