Making Math Visible

We are Mathematicians! All good mathematicians use what they know about being flexible, efficient and accurate to understand the problem, to create a plan using appropriate strategies, to solve the problem using their plan, and finally, to check if the solution is correct. Claim-Support-Question… In Algebra!   Using the thinking routine, claim-support-question (CSQ), and your understanding of number…

I’m a GEEKie

“Children grow into the intellectual life of those around them.” Vygotsky (Mind in Society, 1978) In my post, The Understanding Map, I state that schools must model for students what it means to think and learn. Surrounding our students with the mental activities we want them to develop into patterns of behaviour will push our…

The Understanding Map

How do we nurture critical thinking and creativity? “Children grow into the intellectual life of those around them.” – Vygotsky. In order for us to nurture to critical thinking and creativity, we must first unpack what it means to understand. Learning is a product of THINKING… In Ron Ritchhart’s book, “Creating Cultures of Thinking”, he explains…

The Scientific Method in Action!

We are Scientists! All good scientists use what they know about the scientific method to plan, make observations and connections, build explanations and support their thinking using evidence from the experiment, as well as from other resources. Key Vocabulary Be sure to review our key vocabulary in preparation for our science experiment, The Leakproof Bag (Steve…

Bridging our Thinking

“Bullying is like a bird in a cage because there is nothing the bird can really do to free itself, except wait until the cage is opened to fly out.” – Olivia, Grade 6  Exploring the topic of bullying challenges my Grade 6 Health class to reflect on past, or present, experiences that affect their…