Season 6

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Talk 52: Empower You and Your Student’s Learning with Math Podcasts

David Petro

Show notes:

Description: Podcasts have been around for more than a decade and now more than ever it seems new ones are introduced regularly. And it turns out there are a lot of podcasts connected to math that you have access to through your earbuds. In this session, you’ll be introduced to podcasts that you can use to help tell stories about math to your students, podcasts that have real world connections to math that help show its importance to everyday life, and more recently, podcasts explicitly to help you as a math teacher become better at what you are already doing. Come to this session ready to listen, learn and be entertained.  This is the full audio version of the OAME 2023 talk. To follow along with the podcast and for all the links go to and the full list of podcasts can be found at 

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

Podcast Notes: Podcast Notes: Recorded Spring 2023. David is a Vice Principal at Villanova Secondary School in LaSalle. He Tweets at @DavidPetro314

Talk 53: Learning Math From the Land, Art and Environment: Holistic Considerations. Stories of Math: Storytelling and (w)holism

Robert Durocher

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Description: What is the role of stories in the learning, teaching and engagement with mathematics? This session centres stories and storytelling as a (w)holistic approach to mathematics education. Maths is in us, it is around us and is interconnected to the land, air, water, plants and animals, and there are stories connected to this to rethink the ways in which maths is taught and learned. During this session, participants will connect to their own stories of mathematics, and look at the ways artists and designers tell stories of maths through their creations. To deepen understanding of storytelling and mathematics, we will look at (w)holistic approaches to co-creating maths learning spaces that consider the heart, spirit, body and mind.

Talk 54: Build Fluency Using Engaging Math Routines to Create Empowered Learners

Wing-Yee Hui & Megan Whittington

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Description: Imagine if we can build a cultural shift in mathematics by inviting students into thoughtful conversations, and engaging them in meaningful math experiences through authentic daily math routines. We will share our journey on how we create a learning environment where young mathematicians interact with the math in their world and shift their thinking so that they see themselves as problem solvers. The most successful routines make mathematical thinking a habit resulting in fluency, engagement, empowerment, confidence and deeper understandings of math relationships.

Talk 55: Supporting Access and Inclusion for Students with Special Education Needs

Jordan Rappaport & Elli Weisdorf 

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Description: The conversation around destreaming in Ontario has been ongoing due to the adjustments made to math curricula at the secondary level. As a response, elementary schools in the York Region District School Board have examined different levels of support for students who have been withdrawn on a long-term basis for mathematics instruction. This has included exploring opportunities for integration of students from withdrawal programs into homeroom classes. Join Elli and Jordan as they discuss their experiences collaborating with educators to implement High-Impact Instructional Practices into math programming anchored in universal design, critical consciousness, and culturally responsive and relevant pedagogy. We will examine how a Building Thinking Classrooms framework, along with minilessons, and deliberate practice supports greater access to mathematical content and opportunities for student inclusion.

Talk 56: The Slice is Right

Heather Boychuk & Lance Patrie 

Show notes:

Description: In this session, we will share strategies to develop sets of "thin sliced" questions. These questions are meant to have an accessible entry point and to progress to challenging questions, allowing students to work at their own pace and achieve their highest potential. We will share sets of questions from various secondary courses and topics. These questions can be used both in a traditional classroom and a "Thinking Classroom". Come prepared to make your own set.