## Teaching to Big Ideas – Proportional Reasoning

Reflection Questions How might using Big Ideas impact how I plan? How might we as educators help students see things from a proportional reasoning perspective? Do you have a full range of manipulatives appropriate to grade level curriculum in your classroom? Do your students have access to these manipulatives for … More Teaching to Big Ideas – Proportional Reasoning »

## 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 »

## Preciseness Will Impact Student Achievement!

As the former numeracy facilitator for our board I had the unique opportunity and privilege of being part of three brand new ministry initiatives right from the beginning.  As a result of my participation within these professional learning opportunities:  CIL-M, EOSDN Math Project and Small & Northern Boards Spatial Reasoning … More Preciseness Will Impact Student Achievement! »

## Let’s Focus on the Math!

“It’s fine to work on any problem, so long as it generates interesting mathematics along the way – even if you don’t solve it at the end of the day.  (Andre Wiles) This quote reminds me of a couple of key ideas that I have encountered through my work as … More Let’s Focus on the Math! »

## Everybody Has Questions!

“In mathematics the art of proposing a question must be held in higher value than solving it.”  (Georg Cantor) The art of proposing a question is critical in our math classes because as educators we want to promote thinking and reasoning.  Some questions posed by adults can be very closed … More Everybody Has Questions! »

## Why Do “Some” Children Dread Mathematics?

As I mentioned in the previous post I was a participant on a panel at a local high school’s parent night last year called, “Creating Calculating Kids”.  Prior to this evening, I was sent some math quotes to reflect on in preparation for the discussion.  One of the quotes, was … More Why Do “Some” Children Dread Mathematics? »

## Reflection: A Practice That Moves Learning Forward

It was so exciting the last week of the school year to see the article I had written for the Leaders & Learners (Summer 2015) magazine in print.  The title of the article on Page 33 is “Junior Numeracy Collaborative Inquiry”.  http://www.cassa-acgcs.ca The Leaders & Learners magazine is the … More Reflection: A Practice That Moves Learning Forward »

## Welcome to “The Math Motivator”!

“I strongly believe that it is important for me to continue to motivate and inspire others to love math as I came to do so later in life.” – Math Motivator It is so hard to believe that I am a “newly retired Elementary Mathematics Special Assignment Teacher”. I … More Welcome to “The Math Motivator”! »