On Monday, December 1, most of our elementary schools in Richmond had a common professional development day and over 200 educators came together at Byng Elementary to participate in an Elementary Math Focus Day. It was inspiring to look out across the gym to see so many educators in one room that were thinking and learning about math for the day. Huge thanks to Courtney Bebluk and the Byng staff for hosting us and to all the presenters for sharing their enthusiasm and time.
After an overview of the redesigned curriculum in mathematics, what we want for our students and an overview of the day, teachers were able to choose four break-out, small group sessions for the rest of the day. We had teachers from Richmond, including our math mentor teachers, sharing instructional ideas that focus on developing mathematical understanding during sessions such as mathematical inquiry using iPads, using random groups and vertical surfaces for problem solving, developing mathematical vocabulary in French Immersion classrooms, approaches to problem-solving in primary classes, planning for combined classes, uses technology to support formative assessment, rich materials in Kindergarten classrooms, differentiation, number talks and teaching mathematics considering the First Peoples Principles of Learning.
We also had some guest teachers from Langley and Surrey sharing their expertise and passion for mathematics with us. Sessions included using Cuisenaire rods and picture books in the primary classroom, orchestrating mathematical discussions, big ideas in patterning, daily math investigations for intermediate students and guided math.
Everyone came together for lunch catered by The Healthy Chef and visited vendors Collins Education and Vancouver Kidsbooks. The twitter feed (#sd38math) was active throughout the day with teachers reflecting on their thinking and learning.
Links shared via twitter and during sessions throughout the day:
At the end of the day, there was such a positive vibe in the building and I really think we took a giant step forward as a district in terms of elementary mathematics.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make this joyful, mathy day happen – it truly does take a village.