Posts tagged ‘Mathematics Education’

How do Cdn Grades 4 & 8 rate internationally in math and science?

CMEC has published a 2017 document titled  TIMSS 2015 Canadian Results from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study [pdf], described as “presenting the Canadian results of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2015. It provides information on the mathematics and science achievement at the Grade 4 and Grade 8/Secondary II levels and describes factors influencing learning in the home and school environment in Canada. Results are reported at both Canadian and international levels, with comparisons across participating Canadian provinces as well as with participating countries.”  Ontario is included.

This is classic “just the facts” document … I love executive summaries, and there isn’t one 😦  but here are 2 facts about the Canadian results:

  • In mathematics, over 90 per cent of Canadian students reached at least the basic (low) level of achievement. Sixty-nine per cent reached at least the intermediate level, compared to 75 per cent internationally. (p. 21)
  • The assessment found that more than 90 per cent of Canadian Grade 8 students achieved at least the low level in both science and mathematics. Additionally, in mathematics 78 per cent of Canadian students reached at least the intermediate benchmark, a figure that is well above the international median of 62 per cent. (p. 37).

You gotta read the report for the details.


July 4, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

CEA blog on math education and ‘armchair educators’

Check out this item on the CEA blog, author Andrew Campbell, titled The Questions We Don’t Ask about Math Education (May 24, 2017)

He writes: ” The Discovery Math vs back-to-basics debate is dominated by “armchair educators”- people who rarely have the responsibility of helping a group of students understand a math concept. Teachers don’t have the luxury of discounting any approach that might help a student learn more effectively.”

And “Students learn math from Junior Kindergarten into high school by sharing ideas and they communicate that understanding in a variety of ways (writing, speaking, drawing diagrams, etc). But on standardized tests, there’s only one way to represent your understanding, only one right answer, and students can’t ask questions. It isn’t surprising that some students struggle to make that transition. Why don’t we ever stop to consider that maybe the test might be the problem?”

I bet there are lots of opinions on this!  Rowan

PS  Related to  this, remember waaay back in 2014, an announcement was made that a research study was going to be conducted into the JUMP program [blog]?  I checked with one of the researchers and the results have not been released yet (it was a huge analysis and complex), but the expectation is that the final report will be released soon.


June 21, 2017 at 12:03 pm Leave a comment

TIPS4MATH: grade overviews, lessons, blended learning activities

From Edugains Math:  TIPS4Math is now available to support you with planning your mathematics program.

The Grades 1 to 3, 4 to 6, and 7 & 8 overviews outline a possible scope and sequence aligned from grades 1 to 8 to support differentiated instruction and combined grades.  The overviews consist of lesson bundles identifying specific and overall expectations as well as possible timing based on 60 minutes per day.  There is flexibility in timing to support additional days for assessment, reinforcement, practice and evaluation. Each lesson bundle overview outlines a possible lesson sequence with its learning focus and hyperlinks to key mathematics resources such as mathies learning tools and games, guides to effective instruction, blended learning activities for grades 4 to 8, and TIPS4RM.

TIPS4Math Grade 9 Applied overview units are organized the same way as TIPS4RM.   The lesson overviews for each of the units identify learning foci and include links to the blended learning activities and other key mathematics resources.  The teacher notes for the blended learning activities include information to implement the activity including prior knowledge, next steps, common misconceptions, suggestions for activity including solutions and additional information to support/enhance and extend learning.

TIPS4Math Grade 10 Applied overview units are organized the same way as TIPS4RM.   The lesson overviews for each of the units identify learning foci and include links to key mathematics resources.

Click on < TIPS4Math > in the left menu on the Mathematics K-12 home page.

May 30, 2017 at 9:29 am Leave a comment

The Learning Exchange – Renewed Math Strategy (Ontario)

The Learning Exchange website includes a page RMS: Ontario’s Renewed Math Strategy and are offering a series of Virtual Learning Opportunities [session descriptions] [session dates]. Note that Registration access has been given to school board leaders to disperse at their discretion.

Source About:  In partnership with district school boards and authorities, and in collaboration with educators’ professional associations, the Renewed Mathematics Strategy (RMS) provides an integrated approach that is responsive to the mathematics learning and teaching experiences of children, students, and educators.

The following are the four key objectives of the RMS:

  1. increased student achievement, well-being and engagement in mathematics;
  2. increased educator math knowledge and pedagogical expertise;
  3. increased leader use of knowledge of effective mathematics pedagogy to provide the necessary supports and conditions for school and system improvement;
  4. increased parent engagement in their children’s mathematics learning.

March 21, 2017 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

Ontario math strategy

Today, the Ministry posted the following news release:  Ontario Providing Students with More Math Support: Students Benefiting from More Math Instruction, New Technologies. 

I cannot tell if this is new news or a repeat of old news. As a reminder, here are 3 sites to review for information about math education/support/resources in Ontario:

Check ’em out! Rowan

PS Here is a French-language product now available on the TDSB Virtual Library.  Check out NetMath  NetMath has activities in French corresponding to the Ontario Math Curriculum for grades 3 to 11.  Create an account using your TDSB email address and then share the activation code with your students to get started.

Find NetMath on the Virtual Library

1. From the Virtual Library homepage, choose Français from the left-hand menu

2. In the Find by Title search box, type NetMathand then click GO

3. The NetMath link should appear in the table below. Click on the NetMath link to create your account!


January 31, 2017 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

MathConnects supporting CODE parent engagement with math

The Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) has an extensive  parent engagement page and that page includes a parent engagement math page.

From their introduction:

“Inspiring Your Child to Learn and Love Math is a tool kit for parents. It provides modules with simple, but effective methods and materials for parents. It shows you how to get involved in your children’s learning, and offers guidance for working with students of different ages.

This Parent Tool Kit was developed by experts in mathematics education, with input and advice from parents and students. When families and educators join forces, students of all ages can experience greater success in their learning.”

Didja know that they also have an associated  Twitter site called MathConnects.

Check it out! Rowan

January 24, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

EduGains math- Look for ‘presenters’ in Paying attention to series

OK, I admit it – I am a headline speedy reader and there are problems with that – not the least of which is that you miss important stuff, and it is easier to get sucked in by fake news ‘cos you don’t read the fine print or even all the print… Don’t ask me for details 🙂

So like me, and just in case you missed them too, you might want to check this out. On the EduGains math page, the left hand column includes a tab titled Paying Attention to. Open it up. This page includes the Paying Attention to, a series of  Ministry-created documents in support of teaching mathematics, including algebra, fractions, proportional reasoning, spatial reasoning. Didja know that this page also includes a number of ‘adobe presenters’, recorded webinars in support of the different topics – the most recent one being on spatial reasoning?

In my defense, I really don’t think that they stand out very well on the page – a different colour, or point format might have made them more visible to this humble headline speedy reader who totally missed them the first time through – and was told!

If you teach math, you may want to review these. Make sure you have a copy of the relevant document before you open it up.


January 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

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