Category Archives: math inquiry

Layers Of Differentiated Assessment In Math Class

The York Region District School Board recently posted a YouTube video describing the “Comprehensive Math Program”.  Watch all 4.5 minutes of it. It is worth it. There are a number of important ideas, concepts, and vision pieces that I can take … Continue reading

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Math Talk Community. It’s more than just talk, it’s about addressing status and curbing the fixed mindset

Teaching math through problem solving or inquiry needs a math-talk rich community of learners.  A community of learners that is at ease with asking clarifying questions, advancing personal conjectures and awaiting feedback from peers.  This is an idea I have advanced elsewhere. … Continue reading

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A Probability and Number Sense Math Game – Please contribute

Ontario educator Stepan Pruchnicky aka @stepanpruch sent out a request calling for math games (perhaps using cards or dice) that might be helpful for a grade 5 classroom learning about Numeracy / Probability topics. @paul_aniceto @Yummymath @avivaloca looking for good … Continue reading

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Balancing Knowing Math Basics with Developing Mathematical Thinking

When a kid cant count back correct change @ the till its likely not because they dont know basic facts but they lack mathematical thinking — Dean Shareski (@shareski) June 7, 2013 So, what does it mean to think mathematically? … Continue reading

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Doing a 3-part lesson does not mean you are doing math inquiry

Back in February 2013, I published a post ‘Thoughts on math inquiry…subject to change after I click publish‘. In that post I listed a few ideas I had with respect to math inquiry. One of the ideas I expressed was … Continue reading

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Math Inquiry or Problem Based Learning: Plan to be less helpful

(Photo courtesy of Flickr user: .michael.newman.) This is a follow up to my preparing for math inquiry blog entry.  In that post I explain that an important place to start, when preparing for math inquiry, is to focus on developing … Continue reading

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Preparing for Math Inquiry or Problem Based Learning: Where do I start? How do I start?

Inquiry or Problem based learning in math is not new.  It is the math pedagogy advanced by the Ontario Ministry of Education (2005) and is based on the belief that “…by learning [math] through problem solving, students are given numerous … Continue reading

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