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Students as Creators – Not Curators – of Math


Students as Creators - Not Curators - of Math

Most of my colleagues both on- and offline know me for being a math geek because I'm a math teacher and very passionate about improving how we teach the subject to our students. I'm definitely not the most educated, but rather just a guy who faked much of his K-12 education with the title "good in math." As I've mentioned in previous posts, I memorized much of the math (and other subjects) without necessarily having a deep understanding. Recently, I was asked to do a presentation at the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO) Annual Conference in Niagara Falls and will focus on the lack of authentic learning in math class and what we can do about it. Since I have been challenging my own thinking in regards to math facts...


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Math Standardized Test Scores Continue to Fall in Ontario


Grade 6 EQAO Provincial Math Scores

And possible reasons why... In the past, I have shown my support for having an additional piece of evidence for my student data collection such as the EQAO standardized test. While I know there are tons of reasons why standardized testing is not the answer to fixing the problems with mathematics education, I do like to see how my students stack up against the rest of the province. Regardless of whether I consider myself a good or bad teacher, I think it is good to have an assessment with which you can compare your assessment practices. Is standardized testing worth the millions spent to make it happen? Probably not. However, would we see such an aggressive push in Ontario schools to improve mathematics education if there was no stan...


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The Standardized Test Debate – Is EQAO Good For Education?


The Standardized Test Debate - Is EQAO Good for Education?

Anyone in the education sector would agree that EQAO and other standardized tests are very controversial. It seems that there is a huge number of educators that are completely against the idea of standardized testing and I can understand why. My impression is that most believe standardized testing encourages the educator to "Teach to the Test" rather than teach as they would if there were no big bad test to prepare for. Is There Really a Difference When Standardized Testing is Involved? Having experience teaching mathematics in courses with standardized testing as well as courses that do not have a government mandated test, I really don't believe in the "Teaching to the Test" theory. I'll admit that I feel more pressure to use e...


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