On the afternoon of September 28, about 220 educators from 15 Richmond elementary schools converged upon Steves Elementary for our first of two elementary math focus afternoons.
After an overview of current updates to the redesigned curriculum in mathematics and some thoughts to connect us as we work together, there were many sessions for teachers to choose from during two “break-out” times. Each sessions focused on at least one of the key aspects of the redesigned curriculum such as Big Ideas, a core competency or the First Peoples Principles of Learning. All of the sessions were facilitated by Richmond teachers – math mentor teachers, teacher consultants and some of the teachers from Steves.
Here is a link to the program for the afternoon and an overview of the sessions provided:
Please contact the presenters or myself through Richnet if you are interested in more information.
Three professional resources that were recommended throughout the afternoon are:
We have a growing number of educators in Richmond becoming active on twitter. Any tweets tagged with the hashtag #sd38math for the day are archived HERE through Storify.
Some of the resources shared during the afternoon:
introduction_math Aug 2015 - Introduction to BC Math Curriculum, K-12
whatsnew_math - What’s New in Math, K-9
BCAMT BasicNumberFacts1 - BCAMT pamphlet for parents on basic facts
The Sum What Dice Game Jan2013 - Sum What Dice Game
FH final Turtle Pond coding - Fred Harwood’s coding resources
Financial Literacy primary resources - Primary Financial Literacy Resources (QR codes)
High-Yield Routines September 2015 - High Yields Routines, SD38, K-8
We are hoping that this afternoon was a great launch for the school year, especially for the 17 Richmond elementary schools that have math as a school goal or professional learning focus. We all know that an afternoon like this can be inspiring and teachers take away ideas to use in their classrooms but professional learning takes time. At the end of the day, we asked teachers to turn to each other and commit to trying one or more new ideas that they heard about during the afternoon. We hope that teachers will continue the conversation we began by sharing what they are trying on twitter, through blog posts or conversations at their schools so that we can make our professional learning visible and learn from each other.
Looking forward to the second event on January 18th!