When engaging students in problem solving and I hope you are doing so often, it is important to think about the types of tasks you give them.  Which of the following two will give you the most information about your students? Example 1:  (closed) Nathan finds 6 pink eggs, 1 … More Easter Egg Tasks »

## The Library Problem – Fractions

Some of you who were involved in the EQAO Primary Assessment last year may remember this question. There are 24 students in Mrs. Lowe’s class.  She divides the class into 4 equal groups.  Make a drawing to show the 24 students divided into 4 equal groups.  One of these groups … More The Library Problem – Fractions »

## Understanding Relationships Between Quantity and the Patterns Within Our Number System

Working one-on-one with students who are demonstrating a fragile sense of number are opportunities I greatly value.  I always approach these times from an inquiry perspective, looking for clues to help me understand their struggles.  Often they are demonstrating many strengths in some areas, but something is keeping them from … More Understanding Relationships Between Quantity and the Patterns Within Our Number System »

## Ants! Ants! Ants!

Recently in a Gr 3, 4, 5 classroom we gave the students this question: Students are learning about insects. They discover that an ant has 1 body, 2 antennae and 6 legs. They each make a model. How many bodies, antennae and legs will they need for 5, 10 and … More Ants! Ants! Ants! »

## Natural vs Commercial Math Materials

Recently I received the following question from a Kindergarten educator: Why do I get the feeling that natural materials are better than commercial ones for math?  I do the exact same activity with materials we have in the classroom. Do the students actually learn more about math through the natural … More Natural vs Commercial Math Materials »

## Anniversary Reflection 2015-2016

It is hard to believe that I am coming up to the first year anniversary of my official retirement from full-time teaching.  It has been a wonderful year despite my husband having an accident in April resulting in a broken ankle and torn rotator-cuff.  It could have been much worse … More Anniversary Reflection 2015-2016 »

## Assessment for Learning – Fractions

Recently I was invited to be a member of the EOSDN Panel Presentation at CAfLN (Canadian Assessment for Learning Network Conference & Symposium) held at Queen’s University.  CAfLN is a member-led, non-profit organization connecting people across Canada who are interested in the use of assessment for learning and the … More Assessment for Learning – Fractions »

## Proportional Reasoning – Division

Recently I had the opportunity to work in a Grade 6 classroom as they began a unit on division and multiplication. The teacher gave the students the following problem from the Ministry support guide (division) to begin. The purpose for that day was to see what the … More Proportional Reasoning – Division »