## Ants! Ants! Ants! November 16, 2016 Vicki McGinn Comment

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

## Success Criteria – Timing is Everything! March 31, 2016 Vicki McGinn Comment

When it comes to math, I have mixed feelings about success criteria at times.  Yes, I believe that it is important for students to know what they need to do in order to be successful, but if we want students to solve problems in a way that makes sense to

## Proportional Reasoning – Measurement March 2, 2016 Vicki McGinn Comment

I love problems that provide authentic opportunities to cluster several big ideas.  Recently, I was in a classroom where the teacher gave the following problem to his students. Tia is filling a bucket with water.  She knows that 500 ml of water comes out of the hose every 10 seconds.

## Proportional Reasoning and Area February 23, 2016 Vicki McGinn 1 Comment

With our focus on proportional reasoning many educators are discovering that it is everywhere in our math curriculum.  Once we become aware of this we know what to look for and listen for so that we can impact students’ fluency and flexibility with numbers. Recently, I gave the following problem

## Explicit Teaching – Timing is Everything! February 10, 2016 Vicki McGinn Comment

Explicit teaching must take place in the consolidation part of the shared math lesson when working with EQAO type thinking questions.  To be most effective, teachers need to know the learning goal. As Dr Marian Small says the learning goal should be connected to understanding and less about doing. When