I’ll admit it, and I’ve even said it myself: “Until Little Johnny shows me mastery of this skill….I can’t extend him.” However, I would now like to go back and apologize to Little Johnny and all those students that I didn’t offer extensions to, because I wrongly thought they should show me mastery of a … Continue reading There’s more than one way to skin a cat!
The 21st century has seen some major upheavals in terms of education. Schools have strayed from teaching content and headed towards teaching core competencies, like critical thinking and self-regulation. Teaching for understanding is now favoured over drill and kill, which some say led to mastery in the past. Instruction is no longer directed by the … Continue reading What does it take to become a talented mathematician?
Report card season! Now, as a math coordinator, I don’t write report cards myself, so how do I know it is report card season? Because this is the time of year, when parents start to panic about their child’s performance and race to school to find out: what can I do at home to support … Continue reading Tis the season!
With summer almost upon us, I often have parents ask: how can they keep their kids practicing math facts over the summer without having a full out rebellion on their hands?! Well, KenKen is the answer! It is a brilliant math puzzle that helps build fluency in addition and subtraction facts, as well as multiplication … Continue reading Kindies doing KenKen!