Mark Chubb

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Noticing and Wondering: A powerful tool for assessment

Last week I had the privilege of presenting with Nehlan Binfield at OAME on the topic of assessment in mathematics. We aimed to position assessment …

Teaching

Making Math Visual

A few days ago I had the priviledge of presenting at MAC2 to a group of teachers in Orillia on the topic of “Making Math Visual”. If interested, here …

Mathematics

The Importance of Contexts and Visuals

My wife Anne-Marie isn’t always impressed when I talk about mathematics, especially when I ask her to try something out for me, but on occasion I can …

Strategies vs Models

Earlier this week Pam Harris wrote a thought-provoking article called “Strategies Versus Models: why this is important”. If you haven’t already read …

Teaching

Zukei Puzzles

A little more than a year ago now, Sarah Carter shared a set of Japanese puzzles called Zukei Puzzles (see her original post here or access her …

Puzzles

A Totally Not Exhaustive Look at the Current State of Elementary EdTech

“What should we have kids doing on the Chromebooks?”<p>“What do you like on the iPad?”<p>“What are good apps for fact fluency?”<p>Everywhere I go, people ask …

From Experimental to Theoretical Probability

Probability is an interesting topic. Really, it’s different from most mathematics our students learn. It’s the only topic in K-8 mathematics that …

Minimizing the “Matthew Effect”

For the past 5 years I have been a math coach in the same (mostly) few schools in my district. This has afforded me the opportunity to observe …

Targeted Instruction

The other day I was asked about my opinion about something called <b>entrance slips</b>. Curious about their thoughts first, I asked a few question that …

Support for ELL and SpEd Students

<b>Independent think time:</b><p>Giving students independent thinking time provides all students more processing time. ELL students have time to consider and …

An Example of “Doing Mathematics”: Creating Voronoi

I’ve been thinking a lot about how we look at academic standards (what we call curriculum expectations here in Ontario) lately. Each person who reads …

How Many Do You See (Part 2 of 2)

A few weeks ago I shared with you a quick blog post showing a simple worksheet at the grade 2 level – the kind of simple worksheet that is common to …

The Zone of Optimal Confusion

In the Ontario curriculum we have many expectations (standards) that tell us students are expected to, “Determine through investigation…” or at least …

Online Practice is Terrible Practice

One of the ways computers are being used in math education is to provide students with online practice. There are a bunch of serious problems with …

Teaching

How many do you see?(Part 1)

A few days ago I had the opportunity to work with a grade 2 teacher as her class was learning about Geometry. The students started the class with a …

When teachers are better at raising test scores, their students are less happy, study finds

Is a good teacher one who makes students enjoy class the most or one who is strict and has high standards? And are those two types even at odds?<p>A new …

On The Importance of Mathematical Content Knowledge for Teaching

As Bob Dylan sang,<p>“I must know my song well/before I start singing.”<p>So for musicians, as it is for teachers. Just stepping up and “winging it” when …

Co-Teaching in Math Class

For the past few years I have had the privilege of being an instructional coach working with amazing teachers in amazing schools. It is hard to …

Is This “Real World”?

I hear a lot about “real world” math. While I agree that we need to make sure our students are engaged with their math, I wonder if making things …

Did a little Brain Tease today #teach180 https://t.co/gpYfYjMukj

You need a play table in your math classroom!

<b>NEW UPDATE (8.19.17) = SCROLL to the bottom of this post for 10 play table posters.</b><p>2.5 years ago Christopher Danielson (@<b>Trianglemancsd</b>) was in …

A few of my favourite blog posts – to read… or inspire writing

I was asked the other day by another professional to share some blog posts that have inspired me. She was curious about starting up her own blog and …

The smallest decisions have the biggest impact!

In my role, I have the advantage of seeing many great teachers honing and refining their craft, all to provide the best possible experiences for …

Estimating – Making sense of things

I remember as a student being asked to estimate in mathematics class on a few occasions. It was either an afterthought from my teachers telling the …

Professional Development: What should it look like?

A few weeks ago Michael Fenton asked on his blog this question:<p><b>Suppose a teacher gets to divide 100% between two categories: teaching ability and</b> …

What We Presume

I once heard an analogy that teaching is a lot like being a doctor…if the doctor had to diagnose and treat 25 patients <i>all at the same time</i>. It’s cute …

Teaching

Daphne’s DREAM: Drop Everything and Math

School’s starting soon, so our kids have started anticipating, wondering, and talking about what might come in fifth and third grade. The other night …

When Schools Forgo Grades: An Experiment In Internal Motivation

Lots of factors affect whether and what students learn in school, but most often that conversation gets boiled down into a single letter grade, a …

Teaching