“The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple. ~ S. Gudder~
One of the areas we are going to be applying some focus, effort and time towards this year is mathematics teaching and learning. We know from our own classroom and school assessments that this is an area we need to look more closely at; and this sense is supported by the most recent results from the primary and junior provincial assessment in mathematics.
Most of us have a set of experiences in math that have helped to form our beliefs and feelings towards math, positive or otherwise. It is important to note that our understanding of how to teach math in a way that all students can understand and learn has changed a great deal in the last 20 years. And, as the ‘real’ world has also changed, the need for every student to be able to think critically, solve problems has become an essential part of learning, in math, and every other area of ‘school’.
The video clip at the top does a nice job of communicating our vision of what math class could, and should, look like. And this is the work we will be doing together as a team of professionals, teachers and support staff from JK to grade 8. We also have a responsibility to keep families informed about this learning, and how parents can provide support. This blog is one place parents can go to find posts, pictures and videos that will document, share and connect the learning that is going on at school with our families and school community.
We are all excited about the learning we will be engaging in; the Park Avenue Math Makeover is underway, please feel free to join us as we learn and grow together!