Coding in the Ontario Mathematics Curriculum, 1-8: Might it be transformational?

Coding in the Ontario Mathematics Curriculum, 1-8: Might it be transformational?

Read the March 2021 report here!

Might coding, in some ways and to some extent, fundamentally transform how we learn, teach and think about mathematics in grades 1-8 education?

To answer this question we turn to diSessa (2000, 2018), to view coding through a literacy lens, and map the Ontario situation to diSessa’s literacy principles.

The “evidence” we use comes from 3 sources: Ontario curriculum documents, teaching resources developed by team members, and data from mathematics + coding classroom research conducted by team members in Ontario and in Brazil.

Interdisciplinary Lesson Plans

Continuing from our usual lesson plans for primary, junior and intermediate, we are now moving to interdisciplinary lessons with a different age group every week!

These lessons are designed to combine mathematics with other subjects such as art, science, history and many more, to promote interdisciplinary learning! Interdisciplinary learning has shown to support students learning across the various curriculum and it’s fun too!

Primary (K-3) Lesson Plans
WEEK 26 –  Overlapping Shapes     English          French

Curriculum Expectation: Sort and identify two-dimensional shapes by comparing number of sides, side lengths, angles, and number of lines of symmetry. Explain how elements and principles of design are used to communicate meaning or understanding in their own and others’ artwork. 

MKN Quarterly Volume 2, Issue 1: Covid-19 Resources Report

Math Knowledge Network QUARTERLY 2 (1)

Dear MKN Partners and Members,

Welcome to Volume 2 Issue 1 of the Math Knowledge Network Quarterly!

We are starting our fifth year with some leadership changes. Dona Kotsopoulos, a soon to be Dean of Western Faculty of Education is continuing as a Co-Director, joined by Dragana Martinovic, Professor from University of Windsor, who is replacing George Gadanidis, while he is on sabbatical. This year was challenging for all educators, school leaders, parents and students, making it even more important that we celebrate resilience and successes in our communities. In this Newsletter, you can read about activities of our four communities of practice in the previous quarter. Wishing you all health and happiness as we are closing on 2020!

Donna & Dragana (MKN co-Directors), & Arielle (MKN Coordinator)

PS – To stay up-to-date on upcoming events, activities, and resources, please visit the MKN website, join our mailing list (see subscription form bottom-right), and follow us on Twitter @mknrcm.

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In this issue

Critical Transitions: Resources Report

Computational Modelling: Resources Report

Indigenous Knowledge: Resources Report

Mathematics Leadership: Resources Report

In Remembrance: Service, Sacrifice and a Soldier Bear Named Winnie

Remembrance Day provides a singular and unifying time for everyone to remember with gratitude the service and sacrifice of our fellow Canadians who served and sacrificed their lives that we may live in a bountiful country of freedom and peace.

The 60-minute film, In Remembrance: Service, Sacrifice and a Soldier Bear Named Winnie, follows Canada’s most famous black bear, “Winnipeg Bear” nicknamed Winnie by her regiment, throughout Canada’s involvement in World War I in story and song. Suitable for viewing from Grade 3 and up, the film includes actors, singers, boys and men’s choirs in the narration of this beautiful story and ends with a discussion of how Winnie became known globally as Winnie-the-Pooh. Her transition to the infamous life in the Hundred Acre Wood came about due to the author’s experiences in WWI and teach life lessons from preschool to senescence.

The film can easily be divided into 2 sittings of about 30 minutes each. We recommend that the 2nd part be viewed on Remembrance Day as it does include The Act of Remembrance with spectacular video and drone footage of the cenotaphs all across Canada.

The creators have also developed a set of curriculum resources, following the most recent Ontario guidelines, that will provide teachers with ideas for cross-curricular learning that engage students in critical thinking across all subject disciplines.

View the trailer below:

For viewing information, click here.

Thanks for considering.

Canadian Early Math Researchers Video Series 

Canadian Early Math Researchers Video Series 

The Critical Transitions in Early Math Community of Practice (CoP) is pleased to present a video series highlighting the work of leading Canadian early math researchers. In these videos, researchers describe their areas of expertise and offer practical tips to parents and educators about how to support early math learning. We are extremely grateful for the willingness of our colleagues to collaborate on this project. The series begins with an introductory video about the work that the Critical Transitions in Early Math CoP has done and is currently undertaking.

An Introduction to the Critical Transitions in Early Math Community of PracticeDr. Lynda Colgan and Dr. Sandy Youmans, Faculty of Education, Queen’s University

The Development of Numerical and Mathematical Skills in Young Children, Dr. Daniel Ansari, Professor, Psychology and Education, Western University

The Role of Spatial Reasoning in The Learning and Doing of Math, Dr. Zachary Hawes, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, OISE, University of Toronto

Math Minds – A Research Partnership to Improve Mathematics Instruction at the Elementary Level, Dr. Martina Metz, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary

The Educational Benefits of Play-Based Learning, Dr. Angela Pyle, Associate Professor, Jackman Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto

Early Geometry, Spatial Sense, and Coding Activities, Edward Schroeter, Kindergarten Teacher and Classroom Researcher, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

The Use of Technology in the Learning and Teaching of Mathematics, Dr. Nathalie Sinclair, Professor and Canadian Research Chair in Tangible Mathematics Learning, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University

Implementing Play in Kindergarten Classrooms to Support Early Math Learning, Hanna Wickstrom, PhD Candidate, Developmental Psychology and Education, OISE, University of Toronto