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?
In 2009, the National Research Council Committee reported on the learning of math in early years (pre-kindergarten). They advocate that all children are capable of learning math, but many are not provided the chance to engage in mathematical opportunities. (For more, click here.) They believe children can be and should be learning math at an … Continue reading What does learning look like for the early years?
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!
Although some would argue that I am a cookie monster and thus not able to think outside of the "C is for Cookie" box, I say: have you met my friend Mahsa?! Hee hee. Today I will prove that I can distance myself from cookies long enough to tell you about the 5 C's of mathematical … Continue reading C is not just for cookie!
Getting a child inspired and curious about math begins at home. If you are a teacher, you can relay these messages to your parents; and if you are a parent, you can begin right now! Here are five things you can do: 1) BE ENTHUSIASTIC! I can’t stress enough the importance of positive math messages … Continue reading It All Starts At Home