See updates from our CoPs, learn about upcoming events, and find out how you can get involved below.

 

Computational Thinking in Mathematics Education (mathnetwork.ca/ct)

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The math + coding activities designed by this CoP have a low floor, allowing students to engage with minimal prerequisite knowledge, and a high ceiling, offering opportunities to extend and investigate more complex relationships and concepts. In February, a Grade 1 math + coding lesson study was conducted at the Jackman Institute of Child Study (JICS) and videos will soon be shared publicly.

In partnership with the Robertson Group program at OISE, teachers are engaging with Aboriginal educators in Rainy River School District, becoming familiar with Indigenous mathematics knowledge, and incorporating related pedagogies in their classrooms.

  

KNAERative MKN 2The CoP has started to notice some great outcomes:

  • Increased engagement of students in elementary school in Mathematics classes where coding is appropriately integrated.
  • High engagement of students in Grade 10 integrated Math and Computer Science course.
  • Facilitation of pedagogical approaches which shift teacher practice to focus on global competencies in instruction (e.g. Collaboration and creativity).
  • Empowerment of marginalized students who have not experienced equal opportunity in access to high level technology skill such as female students or applied level students.

In April, the CT CoP shared the MKN White Paper: Integrated Mathematics + Computer Studies – Grade 10: Reforming Secondary School Mathematics Education (by George Gadanidis, Western University & Jeff Cummings, WCDSB)

At the May 3-4 OAME Annual Math Conference, this CoP will have various presentations from team leads (e.g. presentation on the Grade 10 Math + Coding course and Elementary Leadership program). The CT CoP is also creating a roundtable presentation for the BringITtogether Conference in November 2018. Stay tuned!

 

Indigenous Knowledge & Mathematics Education (mathnework.ca/indigenousknowledge)

 A significant focus of this CoP has been creating partnerships and fostering relationships between schools, communities, and post-secondary institutions. This is evidenced by the new CoP partners map below that highlights their activities in community and in collaboration.

Enweying: the way we speak together

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As a large part of their work in Year 2, the IK CoP plans to further knowledge mobilization by creating a collaborative workspace on TeachOntario and by developing a series of videos that showcase their work. A full CoP video is scheduled for release in Spring 2018 - check out the trailer below!

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 The CoP also created the poster below as a visual representation of their work.

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CoP members will meet again in June 2018 for a 1-day Open Space Meeting to generate ideas and share strategies around building relationships and engaging with communities while exploring Mathematics and Indigenous Knowledge.

 

Critical Transitions in Student Mathematical Development (mathnetwork.ca/transitions

KNAERative MKN 7The Critical Transitions in Early Student Mathematical Development Collaborative Inquiry in the Greater Essex County DSB with K/Grade 1 Teachers continues to help educators explore and apply learning trajectories in early math. Dr. Lynda Colgan also shared some of this CoP’s work in the Early Years at the March 24th Fields MathEd Forum, with her presentation, “Unprepared for Kindergarten…and It’s Not the Children.” A recording of this presentation is available here.

On March 20, 2018, the CoP hosted the Workshop, Crossing the Divide: Exploring Critical Transition Issues from Grade 8 to 9 Mathematics to share and discuss the new CODE interactive tool, Choose a Path that Includes Math (Colgan, 2017), and the Year 1 MKN research report (Jarvis & Veres, 2017).  Presenters included Dr. Daniel Jarvis (Professor of Mathematics Education, Nipissing University), Melissa Baker-Cox (Student Success and Math Teacher, LDSB), Greg Clarke (SMCDSB, on assignment with the Ministry), Ross Isenegger (NNDSB, on assignment with the Ministry), and Dr. Lynda Colgan (Professor of Mathematics Education, Queen’s University). You can find the detailed agenda here, and the recording of the day is available in the FieldsLive archives here.

For this CoP’s work with Locally Developed grade 9 classes, researchers have been present weekly in a grade 9 Locally Developed classroom, building relationships, and supporting teachers and students while collecting data for analysis and task creation. They have shared their work at three regional meetings of the North Western Ontario Association of Mathematics Education, and held a planning meeting from April 24-26.

For the secondary to post-secondary math transition, workshops for teachers continue to be held as new units are developed, field tested and made available through the website (see http://mast.queensu.ca/~math9-12/projects.html).

 

Mathematics Leadership (mathnetwork.ca/math-leadership)

Aligned with the RMS goal to increase “leader use of knowledge of effective mathematics pedagogy,” our partner networks were busy with organizing f2f meetings: ML2N (Jan 17-18,  Feb 28-Mar 1), NWML2N (Jan 23-24, Feb 27-Mar 1), and MLN (Feb 6-8). During these meetings, the leadership teams from the participating boards and school authorities worked with the Ministry teams and experts on enhancing their understanding of mathematics content and pedagogy, leadership moves, and evidence-based decision-making. The ML CoP meetings with leaders of different teams across the province resulted in targeted data collection (surveys and interviews) and forward planning.

At the January MathEd Forum Research Day, ML CoP members (Alison Boehme & Carissa Bender, HWDSB, and Dragana Martinovic, University of Windsor) shared their experience with research-based spiralling of the K-12 mathematics curriculum (watch their presentation here).

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On February 20-21, the Math Learning Network, situated in Toronto (MLNTO), had its first meeting, featuring Alex Lawson. Best wishes to the new network!

The second Cycle of the open professional learning opportunity, The Math Pod, occurred from January 17-February 7, and attracted educators across Ontario and beyond!

 

 

KNAERative MKN 9Cycle 3 took place during the month of April on voiced.ca Radio. Cathy Fosnot opened up her online platform, P2S2, for the month and ran an online Professional Learning Community (PLC) to accompany the weekly radio show. Find more details about this amazing initiative and listen to recorded podcasts here.

 

 

 

Get Involved!

Visit our MKN hub on TeachOntario, to share and engage with Ontario educators (and beyond!) through online discussion groups. Find us and follow our page here.

Looking for upcoming learning and sharing opportunities? See our events page and check out our CoP resources. To stay up-to-date on our latest news, activities, and resources, visit mathnetwork.ca, join our mailing list, and follow us on Twitter @mknrcm. If you are interested in getting involved in the work of the MKN, please contact Melanie Langemeyer, MKN Coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).