By Erin Maloney, Jonathan Fugelsang & Daniel Ansari | November 17, 2017 , 3:22 pm
Mathematics education in Ontario is a hotly debated topic, a large emphasis lately being on whether we should focus on the newer “discovery math” (also known as “Inquiry-based learning”) or the older “learn-by-rote” approach. While both approaches...
By Lisa Anne Floyd | November 6, 2017 , 5:30 pm
The inclusion of coding and computational thinking (CT) skills across all levels of education is gaining momentum worldwide. Here at home, the Ministry of Education recently announced a focus on coding and CT skills in our Ontario schools. What follows are...
By Allan Luke | October 16, 2017 , 10:39 am
The following is an excerpt from a collection of papers entitled "Critical Literacy, School and Social Justice," by Allan Luke to be published in January 2018. As I write, 2017 is proving to be a difficult and telling year. The future just...
By Jennifer McMaster | October 4, 2017 , 2:12 pm
I have listened to my mentor Scott Urquhart say over and over that “in order to have equity of outcomes we need to get to equity of opportunity.” The Four Directions Graduation Coach Approach keeps this thought at its centre. What we have learned over...
By Deirdre Kinsella Biss | September 18, 2017 , 2:11 pm
The Importance of Monitoring The province of Ontario has made significant gains in education over the past decade. Internationally we have been recognized for our work in equity and excellence. We have become better at interpreting data and setting goals...
By Karen Steffensen | September 6, 2017 , 9:19 am
“There are things known and things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” (Aldous Huxley) In many of our schools today, there are children and families whose life experiences press so deeply on the fabric of their being, that they are left...
By Jeffrey Wilhelm & Adam Fachler | August 13, 2017 , 6:37 pm
Tick. Tick. Tick. All you see is that awful cursor flickering on your screen, telling you what you already know… You still have a blank page. When you sit down to outline your curriculum for your grade level or course, it can be a bit overwhelming....
By Edward Schroeter | July 17, 2017 , 10:58 am
Spatial skills are correlated with young children’s success in mathematics Like many experienced kindergarten educators, I eagerly immersed myself in the tide of instructional reform launched by the Ontario Ministry of Education’s 2004 Literacy and...
By Edward Schroeter | July 4, 2017 , 12:34 pm
Kindergarten students benefit from robust spatial skills and geometry education The simple act of documenting the mathematics learning in my kindergarten students’ block and puzzle play has led me to some revelations about my three-, four-, five- and...
By Jeffrey Wilhelm & Adam Fachler | June 20, 2017 , 9:34 am
We couldn’t believe what we were reading. Or rather, what we weren’t reading. Our students - the ones we had just spent the whole year helping and supporting - had just phoned in our end-of-year survey. What was the deal? We had an amazing...
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