21st Century Mathematicians Inquire

The why, the how, the what!

Changing Classrooms, Changing Instruction

I am so grateful to co-learn with new colleagues as an Instructional Coach. I've created this page to share the many ways they are creating change, taking on a new idea in their theories of action and including student voice/inquiry in mathematics. This is just one unique day in my life as a new coach. I arrived early to meet and greet, listen and respond, I had planned to begin my day meeting with the librarian about technology-many ways we are supporting educators in the school.

On the way, I had a rich discussion about re-thinking the use of the Three Bears. From the perspective of student inquiry have students take away and give voice to one of the characters-choose who to remove and choose a character to replace. How might this effect the story line, the message in the text, the ending and much more. A rich discussion about what one educator feels she needs to continue in grade one inquiry transpired-developing additional rich integrated questions, adjusting and inking plans in the moment to reflect student wonderingly (on the wonder wall) How can students ask thought provoking math questions (story mapping-measurement, foods we will eat in the story-made and measured, exploring numbers in stories and how we can bring math to the stories we develop in authentic ways.

What are we hoping for? For the students it's centred on investigating, problem solving, creating, responding, innovating in their own inquiries that respond to making change in our classrooms, school and the world. It begins with educator partnering with students, invitations or provocations that inspire student thinking & problem-solving. For the educators, it's supporting the pedgogy-transforming life long learning and sharing it with the students. To ask rich questions in inquiry. Inquiry is at the heart of all subjects. The focus of my role is mathematics co-learning with not only educators but administrators and my superintendent.

Morning Announcement-Food Bank Donations Ask Your Own Questions

Make a mathematical survey question for the food drive. Put your question in the box. Win the beasts tickets. Students are lead questioners. They create inspiring questions given voice by being displayed in the hallway. Other students can respond. Authentic mathematical inquiry is alive at this school!

Planning Ahead Technology Professional Learning (Partner with Librarian)

Lunch and Learn January 12-for educators in the Computer Lab

Creating Kahoot for Educators (set up account, play a short one, students crafting the questions, look for answer, verifying the answers with each other...) connecting professional learning across staff meetings, lunch & learns, in lab and class inquiry opportunities

Creating Kahoot-students will create their own. They can take content from their grade, think about the rich questions asked by educators, think about what math might be connected, ask open math questions using co-developed success criteria for a quality question. Having students ask their own questions of interest to them and post in a kahoot provides opportunities for other students to answer, verify and prove that they are indeed correct.

Creating our own inquiry questions in math.

Planning for next lunch and learns with Librarian, Diane.

I spent some time this morning reviewing plans for the staff meeting introduction to Growth Mindset, the survey and then an example we co-developed to share how to use kahoot to connect to mathematical inquiry. (Information book, quiz on measurement). A lunch and learn in January will support staff to create kahoots. We plan to extend this idea to students leading and developing kahoot questions for a math, social studies, science integrated learning unit. We then looked at the success of a recent parent math evening to think about plans for this schools. (What worked well, how might we incorporate findraising to make a difference for First Nations ...) planning together & realizing the plans in the excited eyes of our students is an important driver to what we do here.

Technology and Thirty Day Challenges

How are student and educator roles different in 21st century mathematics classrooms? How have your experiences in supporting student learning-responding to your theories of action, shaped how we will go forward with future 30 day challenges? What are the opportunities in my class to show.(responsibility....) Use criteria and personalize with student examples in your grade and then with others. A key component is the character we develop, the ways our inquiries lead and are connected to social action; the difference we feel empowered and supported to create.
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Planning Forward Theories, Roles of Educator & Students, Expressing, Describing & Reporting on Character Attributes

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Using google docs to share ideas simultaneously and specific student examples

This weeks staff meeting includes an opportunity for educators to share the roles of educator and student roles in 21st Century Learning. They will share how they used technology in this 30 day challenge. Through reflections, they will re-craft, change directions, add minor tweaks and choose manageable "bits" to continue the professional learning. Staff were emailed the google doc early and some have already chosen to share their ideas. I think this really responds to educators who wish to think, reflect and do ahead of time or in the moment. Beginning of google docs and flipped staff meeting.

Imagination Spark

..." An essential question that arises from imaginative engagement is an important way to bring teacher, student and subject matter together in ways that enrich all three."


End of Day Sharing Great Inquiries at Parkway

At the end of the day, Lisa-the VP and I met with Margaret Geare to highlight and share the wonderful inquiries and social projects students engage in at the school. She'd like to see if several educators are interested in joining a collaborative inquiry (revised Social Studies, mathematics). She'd like to lead an Ontario Social Studies project for OESSTA. Here are a few highlights from the school she appreciated.

Ontario Elementary Studies Association of Ontario Project Videos Ready

As an exciting end to my day, I received an email that media has completed the video projects we worked on last year. Thinking about recent invitation we all received to submit short videos, s'mores and other technologies that share our journey in implementing 21st century education, teaching and co-learning in our board. I'm excited to find new innovative ways to share my journey with others this year. Each day are moments to make a difference. Each day is still a day to live my dream as an educator. How will you and your students share your curiosities and new learning. Please invite me to be your partner too!

Learning Together Moments

Each moment is a chance to create change-to respond-to learn-to inspire.