Every year our staff researches the data that we collect to see how our students are learning. Over the past weeks, we have been working hard to analyze the data and find where we need to particularly focus our attention for the next three years.
This research includes looking at data gathered last year from all of our stakeholders; students, teachers and parents as we also consider the areas of focus that have been noticed by our entire system. Some of the data that we look at include:
Over the next year you will notice that there are changes happening in the way your children learn and interact with mathematics. Our staff has already begun to have some exciting conversations about how we understand math and how our brains work to make sense of number, amount and relationships between them. Our teaching staff is currently reading a book called, "Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching" by Jo Boaler. Dr. Boaler is a professor at Stanford University in the area of Mathematics. She is the founder of a website that we have been using for several years called You Cubed. As part of the site there are some great videos and brain based research that supports the way we currently teach mathematics, along with a free course for Junior High students or parents of younger students that include some TRULY valuable information.
We will be sharing more about how we teach math at our school in the blog every week. As well, we tweet about classroom and school-wide learning daily. You can choose to follow us on Twitter (links are on the school website) or you can search our new hashtag, #DHSCBE to see some of the tweets we choose to share as a whole community.
You are partners on this journey. We NEED your support both at school and at home. Please come to the School Council Meeting on Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 to hear more about our School Development Plan around Math and share your ideas. Miss Mask will also be attending to share what is happening in grade 3/4.
Last Week's Math Challenges
Things to consider – does the tower only need to be vertical?
WEDNESDAY - 'Two Egg Timers'
You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and the other takes 7 minutes.
What times in whole minutes can you measure and how? (You can ignore the time it takes to reset the timers.)
News from EDC and Kindergarten
EARLY DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
In EDC we have been exploring the world around us. While playing outside on the park, our students noticed birds rustling around in the trees. They began looking for leaves and rocks to feed the birds, throwing them up in the air and saying “eat”. We talked about different kinds of birds, and all of the different colours of feathers that students saw. The children then painted their own birds using sponges, paint and feathers. Once we were back inside, we read the book “Hungry Bird” and began discussing what birds eat. Students will have the opportunity to make bird feeders, using seeds and pinecones to hang outside our school. We are excited to see if birds come to enjoy these tasty treats!
All students in our school are learning printing or handwriting skills. Please have your child practice at home to improve hand strength and legibility.
PE FOCUS – Cup Stacking
Playground schedule - Division 1 on playground before school and at recess and Division 2 on the playground at lunch time.
Remember to check us out on Twitter for updates and important information. -@DHarknessCBE or search for our new hashtag, #DHSCBE
Remember to check out our school website - http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b347