Last night we welcomed 25 + parents to join us to experience the changes we are making to our math program @BelfastCBE (yes this is a twitter handle). We started the evening led by our Assistant Principal @Janaelguebaly. She set the stage for why visual, experiential and challenging learning in math is so essential to student learning.
Afterwards our parents rotated through 3 learning experiences meant to highlight 3 aspects of our math program ( See Diagram Below).
First up was #MrUrsenbach, @D_Boud and @D_C_Fraser teaching ways to sharpen the saw using games that help students to build their skills with math facts and concepts. We have been focusing on what we call “Sharpening the Saw” activities as an important component of our math program. These practice activities are meant to increase student automaticity and flexibility. We have learned that it’s important that students don’t think of these activities in isolation as math, but rather the tools that make math easier and more accessible. Currently our staff are exploring 3 different ways to build math muscles through computational fluency, visualization and reflection (eg. writing about math).
At the end of the night I have to say I was so impressed by the confidence and the leadership that was shown by all of our teachers! It has been a few short months that we have been thinking about math differently but it was clear from watching that each of our teaching has done so much learning already! It was also a privilege to take a step back (to get out of the way) and be part of the learning with everyone else. I am a very proud principal and very grateful to work with such committed and passionate teacher / learners. I have the sense this is only the beginning of a renewed conversation with our community about how math is living in our building!
Ps In case you missed it, teachers names are represented with their twitter handles. Also check out @BelfastCBE !
"Thank you for this, I'm never really sure how I can help my daughter but now I feel more confident sharing what I know and helping her the way she visualizes the math."