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extending counting collections: making math to math connections

Posted on: January 3rd, 2017 by jnovakowski

Counting collections has become a regular mathematics routines in many of our classrooms in Richmond. One of the important aspects of a routine is that students have opportunities to revisit and extend their mathematical thinking experienced through the routine over time. Although counting collections are kept “fresh” for the students over the year by introducing […]

introducing counting collections in Kindergarten

Posted on: October 18th, 2016 by jnovakowski

In the past week I have introduced the routine of Counting Collections to four kindergarten classes at two Richmond schools. Teachers who have tried the routine later in the school year have wondered how to introduce the routine so early in the school year to kindergarten students. Counting Collections is a routine in which students […]

counting collections

Posted on: November 3rd, 2015 by jnovakowski

So although I was busy presenting at the Northwest Math Conference, I did get to attend a few sessions from speakers from the US that I typically wouldn’t get to hear. The Saturday session I went to was presented by Elham Kazemi from the University of Washington and focused on the importance of counting routines, […]

Planning and Design 2022

Posted on: August 29th, 2022 by jnovakowski

The following are a collection of resources to support educators in planning and designing for mathematics and numeracy grounded in the BC K-7 mathematics curriculum. Many of these ideas can also apply to grades 8-12 contexts. BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR As you begin planning for the school year, consider thinking about the story of […]

CGI Math

Posted on: June 6th, 2022 by jnovakowski

Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) is a research-based approach to the teaching and learning of number operations that highlights and elevates the importance children’s thinking and strategy use. Published resources include: CGI Number Facts Strategy Assessment I have personally been using CGI in my teaching since the early 1990s and have been able to share my […]

Big Math Ideas in K-2: professional learning series, fall 2019

Posted on: December 12th, 2019 by jnovakowski 1 Comment

For another year, we have held this three-part after school series with primary teachers to think together about the big math ideas in mathematics. For this series we focused on counting, number sense and place value understanding. Each teacher was provided with the teacher resource book Choral Counting and Counting Collections by Megan Franke, Elham […]

outdoor classroom day: November 1 2018 and May 23 2019

Posted on: July 3rd, 2019 by jnovakowski

Outdoor Classroom Day is an international initiative to promote the importance of children experiencing the outdoors. The event began in London, England in 2012, grew internationally in 2015 and became a global project in 2016 with the support of educators, environmentalists, play experts, NGOs, Project Dirt and Unilever. The organization supports and shares research around […]

SD38 Mathematics Instructional Routines Posters

Posted on: January 29th, 2019 by jnovakowski 1 Comment

The following are links to pdf versions of our instructional routines posters. Instructional routines in mathematics have been used extensively in our district for the last five years as a way to encourage mathematical thinking and discourse. Many of the routines highlight specific curricular competencies in mathematics such as reasoning and communication and many can […]

big mathematical ideas for K-2 2018

Posted on: December 19th, 2018 by jnovakowski

This fall we hosted a three-part after school professional learning series focusing on the big mathematical ideas in Kindergarten thru Grade 2. We have been doing this series for grades 3-5 teachers for the last five years and this year have added series for K-2 and grades 6-9 teachers. The focus of the series is […]

school-based collaborative professional inquiry projects

Posted on: June 14th, 2018 by jnovakowski 1 Comment

One of the professional learning structures used in our district is collaborative professional inquiry based in schools. I collaborate with school teams that come together with a focused area of professional inquiry in the area of mathematical teaching and learning. I support the school teams through developing curricular and pedagogical content knowledge through mini-sessions and […]