100 Questions that Promote Mathematical Discourse
Includes questions that:
*help students work together to make sense of math
*teach students to rely on themselves to determine if something is mathematically correct
*learn to reason mathematically
*evaluate their own processes
*help with problem comprehension
*help students learn to conjecture, invent and solve problems
*learn to connect mathematics, its ideas and its application
*help students focus on focus on the mathematics from activities
Professional Learning (Math)
This collection features resources to facilitate professional learning for teachers in the area of Mathematics.
100 Questions that Promote Mathematical Discourse
This high impact article from Wabisabi examines best practices in assessment. The ideas are practical, low-organization and high impact.
*7 Mindful Assessment Tools (summaries, open-ended questions, student interviews, daily learning journals, peer teaching, quick draw showdown, self-grading)
*7 Best Assessment Practices (transform the test, consider where you are starting, make a diagnosis, master multiple choice, hold up a mirror, give great feedback, powerful portfolios)
This Math scope and sequence from AB can help provide the big picture of Math in any province.
The scope and sequence is broken into strands which is very helpful when looking at student progression and possibly closing gaps in their learning.
This is the companion site for the book "Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You Had" by Tracy Zager.
This site is full of inspiring videos, and great information.
Each chapter has a supporting section. These include: Breaking the Cycle; What do Mathematicians Do?; Mathematicians Take Risks; ...Make Mistakes; ...are Precise; ...Rise to a Challenge; ...Ask Questions; ...Connect Ideas; ...Use Intuition; ...Reason; ...Prove; ...Work Together & Alone & Further Conversation.
Teacher study guide (copy and paste this url into a browser) http://sites.stenhouse.com/becomingmathteacher/files/2019/10/BecomingMathTeacher_StudyGuide.pdf
A series of pamphlets has been developed with the goal of supporting parents and caregivers as they promote positive math thinking in the home. The printable pamphlets, developed in collaboration with sector partners, also provide an overview of what students will be taught in school in each of grades 1-9, based on Saskatchewan curricula.
This is a great guide from ITSE about how to use Computational Thinking in your classroom.
It includes an introduction, definition, vocab and progression chart as well as lessons on:
*Conway's Game of Life
It also looks at Middle School and High School scenarios, and resources for educators,
• A resources section with handy links to our best stuff
• A page of all the free downloadable templates we've created
• A videos page with everything organized and easy to find
• A Google page with our most popular Google-related content
Includes: videos, podcasts, e-books, guides, templates.
This site includes everything for K-8 math from:
-specific grade resources
-online planning document
-shared unit plans
-websites to support math
"Humor, goofiness, joy, fun — these were actually vital to developing a creative classroom culture. When I taught middle school, we had a wordplay wall at the back with ridiculously bad dad jokes (things like “fire drill” and “slow jams” and “graduated cylinder”). We had Easter Eggs hidden throughout the classroom. We had our own version of a Rick Roll. If someone asked you to “share a link,” you had to “Cher a link” instead, sending them to a music video from Cher. "
This excellent resource includes videos, and some reading. It's very engaging - and fun! It's all about bringing joy to your classroom - which happens to spark community, creativity and foster risk taking! Win win win!
"This guide is intended to support teachers’ ongoing efforts in building students’ knowledge and skills in mathematics. It focuses attention on the content of expectations in The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: Mathematics, 2005 that deal with fundamental mathematics concepts and skills (specifically, expectations in the Number Sense and Numeration strand and expectations that relate to number properties in the Patterning and Algebra strand). The guide outlines steps to achieving the knowledge and skills described in these expectations and suggests how to make more timely connections that will better support student learning. A strong foundation in the concepts and skills emphasized here will prepare students for success in high school, and ensure that they have a set of essential skills for employment and responsible citizenship in the future."
There are excellent charts included that organize foundational skills by grade grouping. These charts start on page 5.
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This document produced by Good Spirit School Division outlines the gradual release of responsibility model as it relates to math instruction.
The following info-graphic spells out the steps required to establish a solid outcome based math program at your school!
The steps are given, but the resources you use are up to what is available at your individual school, as well as what fits your teaching style and your students' needs best.
Many resources can also be find in the resource bank!
Join the Outcome Based Math Group for more ideas and support in your journey!
"Provided below are links to a series of free booklets to assist mathematics teachers of Grades 4, 5, 6.
These books will stimulate interest, competence, and pleasure in mathematics among students. The activities are appropriate for either individual or group work. Collaborative activities allow students to construct their own meanings and understanding. This emphasis, plus the "Extensions'' and related activities included with individual activities/projects, provide ample scope for all students' interests and ability levels. Related "Family Activities'' can be used to involve the students' parents/caregivers.
Each book is intended to occupy about one week of daily classes. However, teachers may choose to take extra time to explore the activities and extensions in more depth. The books have been designed for specific grades, but need not be so restricted. Activities are related to curriculum expectations."
Jump Math is an amazing resource for teachers that are not confident teaching math (and those who are!).
Strategies are explicitly taught.
Many sample materials are free, or resources can be ordered as well.
This is a great option for outcome based learning.
"Callysto is a free, multimodal learning program for grades 5-12 students in Canada. The program is part of a two-year pilot project by Cybera and the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), who received funding from the federal government’s CanCode program to build and employ new technologies that promote digital literacy and help Canada’s youth develop the foundational skills required to become the future drivers of innovation."
Learning modules are available for Math, ELA, Science, Social, etc.
Thinking of students on different pathways to learning can help us better understand Personalized Learning.
Implementing learning pathways can help teachers to "adapt to each student’s learning progress, motivation and goals".
In the example given (and there are many more versions you could use!) Students are on 3 pathways. All pathways get small group instruction!
Pathway 1 - these are the students that are usually ahead. They skip over some things and get into the deeper work.
Pathway 2 - the "core" track for students working at level.
Pathway 3 - these students may have gaps or work more slowly. They don't get MORE work, but work at their level. They will likely get more small group instruction than the other paths.
Formative assessment is used on all pathways to improve instruction and learning.
*students can move between pathways if desired or necessary!