In The Classroom

Learning the Art of Cursive

Mrs. Jones' Grade 3 Class Learns Letter Writing

"I asked for a boy!" exclaims one student. 
His disappointment in "getting a girl" doesn't last long though as he begins to read the handwritten letter from his Senior Pen Pal.

Mrs. Jones' Grade 3 students are learning to read and write cursive. Do you remember practicing your handwriting as a kid? Connecting each letter to the next - creating the kind of elegant writing worthy of formal correspondence.

An End to Complaining About Math

"Why are we studying this?"
"We're never going to need math."
"When am I ever going to use this!?"

These are just a few typical moans and groans that can make an appearance when students reach Grade 8 Math. 

And this is where Desmos comes in.

Interaction, animation, and delight are not things that usually come to mind when thinking about math. However, Mrs. El Banna is bringing exactly that to her Grade 8 and 9 math classes.

The Power of Positive Affirmations in Grade 3

Of all the colourful pieces of art on Ms. Munro's wall, the line of white paper envelopes is the most intriguing. It looks like a small post office. But inside the envelopes are powerful words. Words of affirmation.  

The words we use to talk to each other, to ourselves, and about ourselves and others all matter. These words create a culture that can be positive, life-affirming and transformational. Or these words can create a culture of fear, silence, and loneliness.

Singapore Math at Westside

Singapore Math at Westside

Singapore was not known for its education system in 1980. 
Its students were average. No articles were being written in Forbes Magazine about their math prowess or the islands' exceptional human talent bank. 

Singapore's students were not on anyone's radar.

In 1980 the Curriculum Development Institute of Singapore was created. 

Part of their mandate was to develop national textbooks. For years students in Singapore had been using textbooks from other countries. The results had not been excellent.

By 1984 Singapore's first national math textbooks were published. 

They focused on problem-solving and going deep into a few vital topics. Educators continued to research and refine the textbooks.

Just over 10 years later, in 1995, Singapore's students were ranked globally as number 1 in mathematics by TIMSS.