What a strange year it’s been! What began as physical distancing turned into social isolation, and just as I was beginning to integrate myself back into society, I decided to pack my bags and head to another country. In a previous post, I reflected on my experience with online teaching for the first time in […]
I got this idea from Howie Hua! I read about how Howie used Student Autobiographies in his classroom to get to know his students, get them to learn about each other, and help build community in an online setting. Here’s a link to the Google slides template that I shared with my students. Last year […]
Peter Liljedahl‘s work on Building Thinking Classrooms has been extremely influential in the education world. In his research, he discusses a collection of high-yield strategies that teachers can employ to help learners engage with work in the classroom and become better thinkers. They are sorted on a continuum of ease of implementation and “bluntness” (requiring […]
I remember sitting at a meeting table at my school in Suzhou, China late January earlier this year when a colleague said, “Heads up, there’s a virus going around in Wuhan. Very contagious…”
This week I’ve had some great lessons, and some awful ones. Looking back at what I had done differently in the good versus not-so-good lessons, I realized that one of the biggest differences was the amount of “telling” I was doing in one class versus another. It didn’t matter that I had amazing visuals and […]
I’m no expert, but the COVID pandemic has given me the prerogative to scour the interwebs for useful tidbits on maintaining lively and engaging online lessons. In the last three or so months, I’ve created at least half a dozen new teacher accounts on educational sites and platforms; some of which I use moderately (EdPuzzle, […]
Our students created some beautiful works of work from our exploration of fractals in our series and sequences unit 🙂 Since we cannot physically display their work in our classrooms, I’ve been having some fun with Picktochart and created a visual to display in our school’s Learning Management System.
I love it when professional development is purposeful and practical. I’ve been following Robert Kaplinsky for some time now and finally decided to enrol in his Empowered Problem Solving Workshop. “I don’t have time for problem solving in my classroom.” TRUST me, I’ve been there. The first time I ever taught Calculus, my talk time […]
Inspired by the Empowered Problem Solving Workshop, I’ve created a Mathematical Peer Editing Checklist and Feedback Form with practices I value and that I think is general enough to be used with most and/or all problem-based lessons.
We asked 101 high schoolers the following question: There are 125 sheep in a flock and 25 dogs. How old is the shepherd? The question is an invitation to take a closer look at the kinds of mathematics that we are asking students to engage with in our maths classrooms today. What does it mean […]
Teachers are getting a bad rap these days. To put it in perspective, my own mother — to whom I am and shall always remain eternally grateful for — expressed her annoyance at the fact that Ontario teachers were, yet again, going on strike. (I will also add here that she is also very supportive […]
Shortly before the start of our Chinese New Year holiday at the end of January, news had started to spread about a new virus in Wuhan, China. By the time I actually left the country, virtually everyone was wearing a face mask and activity at all major transportation hubs (railway stations, airports) had basically […]
We’ve been looking at map projections for my masters course and I continue to be blown away by how embedded mathematics truly is in our every day lives. As a self-identified directionally-challenged individual, geography and anything like it is to be avoided at all costs. I find myself at my wit’s end now and have […]
What is the point? The point is to do math, or to dazzle friends and colleagues with advanced statistical techniques. The point is to learn things that inform our lives. – Charles Wheelan [PREFACE: I purchased Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan many years ago, thinking its an important book to add to any Math Teacher’s […]
It’s easy to lie with statistics, but it’s hard to tell the truth without them. [PREFACE: I purchased Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan many years ago, thinking its an important book to add to any Math Teacher’s arsenal (and it is!) but had only gotten through the first three chapters before dismissing it for another […]
This blog post is about how the math department at my school in Suzhou, China implemented changes to the way we taught Math 10 and 11 to incorporate data and research from cognitive science to help our students learn better. I include a summary of what we learned, and some ideas for improvement. It […]
So I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to teach in the Head Start summer program at my international school here in China. The program is intended to help students going into high school to gain exposure to full English immersion classes in Math, Science, Socials, and Language Arts. I taught four blocks a day for […]
I recently attended a professional development session led by a colleague titled, “How to Make Any Worksheet into an Escape Room,” which helped us experience an escape activity from the student perspective. It was the bomb. Dot com. The session touched on ideas expressed in this article, which happens to share the same title. Two weeks […]
It’s amazing to think that I’m now in my fourth year teaching internationally. People often ask me what it’s like to work overseas. Friends and family back home are always curious about where I might end up next. This is my life now, I’m a nomad! In all honesty, when I graduated teacher’s college, I […]
This summer I enrolled in a course called, “How to Learn Math for Teachers,” taught by Professor Jo Boaler, a Professor of Mathematics Education at Standford University. The course brings together best practices from research on brain growth and classroom techniques for anyone who’s curious about engaging students in mathematics education. One of the course […]
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