Math9-12: Innovating the High School Math Curriculum

Math9-12 is a research-based study designed to bring new life to the high school mathematics curriculum! This study is lead by Dr. Peter Taylor (Queen’s University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics), is funded by the Fields Institute and SSHRC, and is part of our Critical Transitions Community of Practice.

Each project has three interacting phases:

  • Curriculum development: work with students and teachers informally or in the classroom.
  • Development of teacher resources and student workbooks.
  • Classroom research: document the teaching activity and the student experience.

At the end of August 2017, workshops were held in Kingston, Ottawa, and Toronto to introduce the project to teachers. Teachers were (and are) highly encouraged to try the Math9-12 problems in their classrooms and provide feedback on their experiences.

You can find these great Math9-12 resources on their project website. Give them a try and let the Math9-12 team know about your experience!

Research Report: Mathematics Educator Leadership in ON

Our Mathematics Leadership CoP member organizations (pictured below) have been busy collecting data and monitoring their professional development activities.

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To learn about their research findings so far, check out this Research Report on Mathematics Educator Leadership in Ontario by Dragana Martinovic, co-Lead of our Mathematics Leadership CoP.

This report will be revised annually to address their recent activities and new data, and relate those to the findings of others. This living document will detail their work and inform further research-practice-policy conversations about mathematics educator leadership in Ontario.

See more from our Mathematics Leadership CoP here.

Critical Transitions: Grade 8-9 Literature Review & Research Findings

See the new literature review and research study findings on Critical Transitions in Student Mathematical Development, Elementary to Secondary School by Daniel Jarvis and Tiberiu Veres (Nipissing University)!

Learn more about our Critical Transitions CoP on their page, and stay tuned for more resources!

Math Leadership: Professional Learning Guides

Take a look at the two guides used by the GECDSB facilitators to lead the professional learning in their board!

The Moderating Mathematics Guide is a protocol for professional development in mathematics especially developed for the whole school inquiry or for work with teams of educators from across all grades. The goal of the Facilitator (e.g., Coach, Math Lead) is to support the school’s professional learning community until the group is confident enough to lead their own learning. Building educator efficacy and leadership is a central goal of this process and is what contributes to its sustainability over time.

The Professional Learning Facilitators’ Guide was used by the GECDSB Principals to support sessions on Number Sense, organized in their schools.

See more great resources from the Math Leadership Community of Practice on their page!

Content for this post was provided by Dragana Martinovic, Math Leadership CoP co-Lead.

NEW Case Study: Concreteness Fading

In 2016, Eastwood Public School, an elementary school in the GECDSB, set out to develop an understanding of how Concreteness Fading could inform planning of tasks, lessons, and units, both within and across grades.

The goal of this inquiry was to look at the question: How is the pedagogical approach of Concreteness Fading applied in the elementary classroom?  Many educators in Ontario expressed interest in this topic and were curious how the whole school inquiry may look.

To see the results of the whole school inquiry on concreteness fading, see the report prepared by our Mathematics Leadership CoP members, Dragana Martinovic (University of Windsor) and Heidi Horn-Olivito (GECDSB).

Want to learn more about our Mathematics Leadership CoP? Visit their page to see their plans, partners, resources, and more.