Creating a Culture of Collaborative Discourse

After watching Lucy West’s speech on creating a culture of collaboration,  I have decided to try these three things the next time I facilitate a lesson: 1. Don’t be satisfied with an answer just because it is correct. Always ask why and how they got to their answer. This may require a slow-down in the pacing of a discussion, which may be difficult for educators who feel pressed for time. Asking […]

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Assigning Homework that Builds on Ownership and Competence

In 2010, Cathy Vatterott identified five fundamental characteristics of good homework: purpose efficiency ownership competence aesthetic appeal I believe that Ownership and Competence are the two most important aspects of Vatterott’s fundamentals. With these fundamentals in mind, teachers should structure homework so that students can complete it with relatively high success rates (Protheroe, 2009). Involving Students In order to ensure that homework is interesting and not frustrating, teachers should avoid […]

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Requirements for an Effective Flipped Classroom

When I was in teacher’s college, we were required to take a graduate level course called Action Research I during a four-month, full time teaching placement. It was an example of a Flipped Classroom; most of the time was spent outside of the classroom, but we still met on a regular basis. The course required us to create a research proposal, but we were also teaching in a school at […]

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Transition Planning for MEL4E Students to the Workplace

I In this course, there are three units:   Data Management Personal Finance Applications of Geometry   Once students in this class graduate, they are likely to begin work or may take post-secondary courses in a non-mathematics related field.   Despite not working in STEM fields, they will most likely still be required to use the three major math skills that have been touched on in this course.   Unfortunately, […]

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