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intermediate numeracy project: continuity of learning

Posted on: June 22nd, 2020 by jnovakowski

As the province moved to remote learning from home due the COVID-19 pandemic, the Quilchena teachers and I met via Zoom to plan numeracy experiences for the students that were connected to our current context. I joined in on the class’ Zoom meetings for Math Chats where we did routines like number talks and WODBs […]

intermediate numeracy project: Flags 4 Rights

Posted on: June 20th, 2020 by jnovakowski

On February 25, on what would be our last face to face time together, I spent the morning with the grades 5&6&7 class at Quilchena. At that time, I was still thinking I was going to Reggio Emilia, Italy for a study group on spring break and I shared a project from that community with […]

intermediate numeracy project: numbers in the news

Posted on: June 20th, 2020 by jnovakowski

On January 29, I spent the morning with the grades 5&6&7 class at Quilchena thinking about numbers in the news. We connecting this idea to our study of infographics and how numbers can be used to inform, persuade or evoke emotion in us. We wondered how headlines might use numbers to pull us into a […]

intermediate numeracy project: global issues infographic creation

Posted on: December 12th, 2019 by jnovakowski

For our session together in December the grades 5&6&7 class at Quilchena examined two infographics about environmental issues and discussed how infographics use numbers and data in different ways to convey information, provoke thinking and to be persuasive. The students shared how they noticed how the infographics made some numbers large or highlighted them with […]

intermediate numeracy project: water conservation task

Posted on: December 10th, 2019 by jnovakowski

On November 27, I visited the grades 5&6&7 class at Quilchena to continue our focus on numeracy and for this session together I selected a numeracy task from Dr Peter Liljedahl’s website. The task continues the thinking we have been doing about water issues and and moves to thinking about agency around water conservation. We […]

intermediate numeracy project: water crisis in Canada

Posted on: November 29th, 2019 by jnovakowski

I visited the grades 5&6&7 class at Quilchena for the second time on October 30. Inspired by the students’ interest in youth agents of change around climate change and by a mathematical modelling task created by Dr. Julia Aguirre about the Flint Water Crisis in the USA, we invited the students to think about the […]

intermediate numeracy project: what is numeracy?

Posted on: November 19th, 2019 by jnovakowski

Numeracy is a K-12 focus in our school district.¬†Numeracy and literacy are considered the two pillars of the BC curriculum and new Graduation Assessments in both Numeracy and Literacy are now in place in our province. With teachers, students and families that I work with, I explain the distinction between mathematics and numeracy. Mathematics is […]

SD38 Transitional Learning 2020-2021

Posted on: June 15th, 2021 by jnovakowski

Usually in June, I am reflecting on the professional learning projects from the school year and writing my annual summary report. But this year was a little different…and for purposes of reflection and documentation, I have written about my year of supporting Transitional Learning. We began the 2020-2021 school year with uncertainty, not sure how […]

Fall 2020-Winter 2021 Resources

Posted on: September 6th, 2020 by jnovakowski

So this “back to school” will be like no other in my thirty year career. So many new protocols and changes. It is truly the time to embrace living in the “grey”. Some ideas I have been considering: How will we welcome students to mathematics this September? How we will build a sense of belonging […]

reflections on spring 2020

Posted on: June 24th, 2020 by jnovakowski

Who could have predicted when we left for spring break on Friday, March 13, that we would not return to school as we have known it, for the rest of the school year. This spring has brought announcements, updates, change of plans, curveballs and new information and expectations on a regular basis. A global pandemic […]