Season 4

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Talk 25: Coding in the Classroom September 2021

Pekka Reinio

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Description: This is our first companion podcast to the new Coding in the Classroom column of the OAME Gazette. Hosts Iain Brodie and Beyza Sezer interview teacher-librarian Pekka Reinio. OAME members can see the full column in the September 2021 issue of the Gazette.

Podcast: Listen above, or subscribe or download this podcast direct from iTunes or Google Play

Podcast Notes: Recorded Spring 2021 Links mentioned in the podcast include the Makecode Arcade and Pekka’s YouTube Channel. Iain has been an elementary school educator for 28 years, and is now into a second career, teaching in-service and preservice teachers. He teaches face-to-face at Ontario Tech University and virtually at Western University. He Tweets at @IainBro. Beyza is a former teacher and long-term researcher. She is currently a graduate student in education at Western University, and her research focus is the integration of computational thinking into mathematics education. Both are editors of the Math+Code ‘Zine. Pekka is a teacher-librarian in the Simcoe County District School Board. He Tweets at @PekkaReinio.

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Talk 24: Destreaming Math: Equity, Practice, and Politics

Jason To

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Description: This session will highlight several concrete pedagogical practices for developing more equitable learning spaces in a new destreamed environment using Rochelle Gutierrez's four dimensions of equitable math education. As politics of power and privilege are inextricably connected to policy shifts that address equity, this session will also touch upon those dynamics as they relate to math programming and suggest possible responses. This session will be geared towards math leaders (department heads, school administrators, instructional coaches, etc.) who will play important roles to ensure that destreaming math addresses societal inequities as intended.

Podcast: Listen above, or subscribe or download this podcast direct from iTunes or Google Play

Live Webinar: Sept 8th, 2021, 8PM EST (Register now on MCIS)

Podcast Notes: Recorded Aug 2021 Jason is the Coordinator for Secondary Math and Academic Pathways with the Toronto District School Board and Tweets at @Jason_To. Jason’s video on the History of Streaming in Ontario can be found here.

Coming soon-Talk 26: Ideas and Inspiration for J/I-support for the coding expectations in the new mathematics curriculum

Lisa Anne Floyd

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OAME 2021 Session Description: Join Lisa Anne as she shares ideas and inspiration to help junior and intermediate (grades 4-8) teachers incorporate the Coding Skills from the new Ontario 1-8 Mathematics Curriculum (2020) into their practice. Sample applications and resources that incorporate multiple math strands will be highlighted.

Live Webinar: Oct 13th, 2021, 8PM EST (Register now on MCIS)

Coming soon-Talk 27: Using Portfolios to Develop Resilient Mathematicians in Grade 9

Carolyn Gingerich & Aleda Klassen

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OAME 2020 Session Description: We are trying "growth portfolios" throughout our Grade 9 courses as tools for students to reflect on their development as mathematicians. By prioritizing the mathematical processes and social and emotional learning, we hope to empower more resilient learners. We'll share how we are taking our gradeless classrooms to a different level by developing in our students the skills to monitor their own progress and reflect on their own growth.

Live Webinar: Nov. 10th, 2021, 8PM EST (Register now on MCIS)

Coming soon-Talk 28: Count on Great Assessment!

Cathy Chaput

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OAME 2020 Session Description: In this hands-on and interactive session, we will share practical ways to show your students that math really is everywhere! From easy routines, engaging practices, exciting activities and fantastic on-line resources, this session will support you in finding ways to easily inject numeracy in many different parts of your day! These ideas are tried-and-true, easy to implement, provide fundamental practice, and will help your students find the fun in math every single day!

Live Webinar: Dec. 8th, 2021, 8PM EST (Register now on MCIS)

Coming soon-Talk 29: Integers: Beyond the Rules

Heather Theijsmeijer & Richard Duffy

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OAME 2020 Session Description: As young learners, children spend years developing sense of number as well as the ability to count efficiently, as a foundation for higher operations. However when we introduce students to integers, we often jump right into operations without laying that same solid foundation with students' sense of negative numbers. This results in students often confusing the "rules" for adding and subtracting integers throughout the intermediate grades, and without the ability to judge the reasonableness of their solutions. Join us as we restore the balance between using integer rules efficiently and being able to reason through problems using multiple representations, by looking at a new twist on time-honoured number sense activities. Appropriate for grade 6-10 teachers.

Live Webinar: Jan 12th, 2021, 8PM EST (Register now on MCIS)

Coming soon-Talk 30: Building and Assessing Spatial Reasoning Through Play

Ruthie Sloan

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OAME 2020 Session Description: Given the recent surge of research and resources in spatial reasoning, this workshop will focus on digging deeper into looking at where to start and how to cultivate and assess spatial thinking in a K-3 classroom. Taking a hands-on approach, this workshop will include a range of invitations for learning that explore aspects of spatial thinking (such as symmetry, orienting, coding, composing/decomposing shapes etc.) as wells as assessment tools to help guide thinking.

Live Webinar: Feb 9th, 2021, 8PM EST (Register now on MCIS)