Thursday, April 6, 2017

Algebra Tiles

Here are some pictures from the middle years class on Pender Island getting their feet wet demonstrating concepts with algebra tiles:

After a very short window to "play":



Challenging ourselves to move our thinking from traditional representations....



... to real representations of statements such as 3+4: 


Or rearranging 7+3 to make it easier to visualize the answer: 






Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Interesting Article

Here is an interesting article with a slightly odd title. I wouldn't pass this around without explaining it first! It has some reminders (especially for this time of year) of what our jobs can entail and how we really need to look after ourselves and one another.

When is it time to quit teaching?

Monday, November 30, 2015

Math Inquiry Information for this Year!



Here is a link to our shared folder: Math Resources and a link to our blog.

An interesting article...

Here is an article that addresses common core curriculum in the United States for math, but is appropriate for our purposes too as it looks at the interesting topic of memorization and procedure versus real understanding:

https://medium.com/i-math/common-core-math-is-not-the-enemy-c05b68f46b3e#.qmsrr14o4

Friday, October 23, 2015

SD64 at Northwest Mathematics Conference

Susan Robinson presenting "Folded Paper and String Graphs of Sinusoidal Functions"! 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Thoughts on Math Instruction...

Check out this interesting article in The New York Times:

"The Problem with Math Problems: We're Solving Them Wrong"

I think this is my favourite part:
"If we teach kids math without understanding, we build on a house of cards.”
"That house of cards will be fragile, and liable to collapse, when students move from elementary mathematics to complex problem-solving."