Computational Modelling PD Session – Implementing coding in Gr. 1-9 math classrooms – June 16!

We are excited to announce the seventh Professional Development session in a series from our Communities of Practice: Math Leadership, Critical Transitions, Indigenous Knowledge & Computational Modelling.

A Collaborative Approach involving pre- and in-service teachers, numeracy consultants, and university faculty.

This past winter, 25 Niagara Catholic District School Board in-service teachers and 36 Brock University pre-service teachers worked together to prepare and implement coding and mathematics activities in Gr. 5-9 classrooms. The outcomes were richer than anticipated!

In this presentation, we describe the collaborative approach as a way of supporting the enactment of the new coding expectations in the revised Gr. 1-9 mathematics curricula. We provide a window into how the collaboration worked, including concrete examples from specific pre-service and in-service teacher teams. Key insights about implementation, grounded in their experiences, will be discussed.

To end the presentation, potential benefits of the collaboration, as well as difficulties, for all involved, will be outlined and used in presenting concrete recommendations to other numeracy consultants who may want to try a similar approach in their context.

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Critical Transitions in Early Years PD Session – Numeracy Screeners Workshop– June 7!

We are excited to announce the sixth Professional Development session in a series from our Communities of Practice: Math Leadership, Critical Transitions, Indigenous Knowledge & Computational Modelling.

In this presentation on numeracy screeners for Kindergarten to grade 3, Heather Douglas will provide a brief review of early numeracy and the critical foundations for number learning. Using lessons learned from literacy, Heather will review what is involved in a numeracy screening program. Core considerations for selecting a screener and how to find a suitable screener will be part of the conversation.

The EMA@School is a research-based numeracy screener that has been tested with over 30 000 students. Douglas will describe this new assessment tool and, using the list of core considerations as a rubric, will assign it a grade. Spoiler alert – it’s good but needs some tweaking to earn an A+.

Facilitated, small group discussions will allow you to share your experiences and to learn from your peers. The session will close with a discussion of future plans and opportunities for you to get involved in research with the EMA@School.

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Indigenous Knowledge PD Session – June 7 & 8!

We are excited to announce the fifth Professional Development session in a series from our Communities of Practice: Math Leadership, Critical Transitions, Indigenous Knowledge & Computational Modelling.

This is a TWO-DAY PD Session, and requires registration and attendance for June 7 & 8 from 9:30am to 12pm.

Members of the Indigenous Knowledge CoP will explore how…

  • Mathematics, along with other subjects, are not exempt from colonial bias and harmful practices that lead to inequities in student achievement.
  • Exploring the impacts of colonialism will help to understand the importance of destreaming.  
  • Indigenous knowledge systems, pedagogies and methodologies can enhance and support the teaching and learning of mathematical concepts.
  • Colonialism, through the education system has dismissed, devalued and erased Indigenous knowledge systems. 

Learn more about the event on the FNMIEAO website!

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Computational Modelling Math + Coding PD Session – March 31 (3:30 – 4:30pm)!

We are excited to announce the fourth Professional Development session in a series from our Communities of Practice: Math Leadership, Critical Transitions, Indigenous Knowledge & Computational Modelling.

George Gadanidis (Western University) of the Computational Modelling CoP will present on Math+Coding Grades 6 to 10 in a collaborative learning setting.

Participants will receive a free PDF copy of the resource, Math + Coding Teams, Gr. 6-10

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Click HERE to see the Facilitation Guide!

 OVERVIEW 

This session will introduce a research-based resource offering: 

  • low floor & high ceiling tasks 
  • coding starting points to bring math to life dynamically 
  • conceptual surprises & insights 
  • a revitalized classroom culture 

Participants will receive a free PDF copy of the resource, Math + Coding Teams, Gr. 6-10

If you find this resource useful, you may book a free 45-60 minute online session for your district leads & teachers, and receive a free district licence. 

PRESENTER 

George Gadanidis is professor of mathematics education at Western University. 

He has worked for many years in research and outreach classrooms in Ontario (as well as in Brazil), collaborating with educators to design mathematics experiences that offer students a sense of mathematical wonder. 

You may see more about his work at imaginethis.ca 

Computational Modelling & Ontario Tech University’s STEAM-3D Maker Lab PD Session – February 28!

We are excited to announce the third Professional Development session in a series from our Communities of Practice: Math Leadership, Critical Transitions, Indigenous Knowledge & Computational Modelling.

Members of the Computational Modelling CoP will present on Math+Making activities and Computational Participation (Kafai, 2016) activities. Moreover, you will have an opportunity to explore a new virtual tool, CoSpaces Edu, and a lesson plan which provides an idea of how to use patterns while creating a virtual garden in CoSpaces Edu.

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