Making memories — images from the classroom that provide a great visual on my learning progression over my practicum experiences. You can hover over any image to expand and learn more about it.
Collaborative Inquiry — enjoying some “thinking classroom” conversations as we work on a 3-Act Math task from Dan Meyer using Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces and Visibly Random Groups. Photo Credit: Laura Wheeler
Getting ready to showcase some investigative group work on steepness as an introduction to slope. Lesson Credit: Fawn Nguyen.
Putting our knowledge about similar triangles into action — students designing and creating a perspective photo based on their prior measurements. Lesson idea inspired by Daniel Pearcy.
Students love to learn from each other! In grade 10 Applied Math, they became experts on a trigonometry problem then “speed dated” their peers to exchange the learning — a discussion rich activity that provided room for retrieval practice and peer feedback.
Some play-based learning — students in grade 3/4 English Language Development math playing “How close to 100?” from Youcubed to build number sense and set-up our next exploration of area and perimeter. Photo Credit: Laura Wheeler
Kahoot! A favourite in grade 3/4 English Language Development math — we used it as a diagnostic to introduce new concepts with visuals and as a fun tool for some quick retrieval practice. This was our final review on my last day of practicum. Photo Credit: Laura Wheeler
Fraction Design — we used pattern blocks to design our own fraction, explained our thought-process, then shared it with our peers to solve.
Getting ready for some hands-on exploration of how the Digestive System works.
Building our spatial sense 😉 Students delving deep to try and arrange a city full of skyscrapers on a given grid via logic and reasoning.
Applying our learning — constructing truss bridges to demonstrate our understanding about forces and structure design. Our main challenge: which one will hold the most weight?
Showcasing our creativity and understanding of the Digestive System on a personalized T-Shirt.
Adding some strategic support during our collaborative inquiry on VNPS — a student makes use of manipulatives to help us visualize his strategy and explain his thinking. Photo Credit: Laura Wheeler
Making time and space for small group support — students in grade 3/4 ELD math exploring equivalent fractions with the help of some thinking tools.
Grade 3/4 ELD Math: Practicing “Types of Angels” on non-permanent surfaces to help make it easier to initiate our thought-process, produce and correct mistakes.
Gratitude Journals: Students expressing their gratitude via writing or drawing to train our brain to scan for and appreciate the positives around us.
Adding some movement to our learning — exploring Canadian symbols via vertical learning stations.
While learning about the human body, students inquired into their own “I Need To Understand” questions and used our library time to search for their answers.
Top: Sending postcards to our friends to describe our journey as we explored different landscapes in Canada . Bottom: Capitalizing on some “real-world” assets from our Nutrition Breaks to practice our numeracy skills — our in-class “math store” differentiated by price.
We welcomed a new refugee student to our classroom via Acrostic Poems that also showcased our learning about the Canadian Identity.