When it comes to implementing the new curriculum in classrooms, the question that I am asked most often is not why are we doing this, but HOW do we do it? How do we teach thinking? How do we teach students the “competencies” (both core and curricular)? Then, come the questions about assessment. How do we […]

# Circles, Squares, Pi & 78.5%

The power to create curiosity in ourselves by using the ANIE/SNAP framework to guide teaching practice once again proves so important. If we want to teach students to have a deeper understanding of math, then we (teachers) need to have a deep understanding first. After all, if we do not have the concept down, how […]

# The Importance of Real Life Connections to Math

Math – Connected to Real Life Recently, I had yet another example of the power of realizing the connection of math to our everyday life – and the importance of this realization in the realm of the classroom…and beyond. I was meeting with a fellow educator about our district’s new math assessment – The SNAP […]

# Artistry with ANIE

The focus of this blog post is to highlight some of the great work done by a teacher in the Fraser Valley who is using The ANIE. Andy Fast teaches grade 4 at Vedder Elementary School alongside his friend and colleague Paul Wojcik (who has had much press about his math success using The ANIE – see […]

# Student Numeracy Assessment & Practice (SNAP)

Chilliwack School District’s new district math assessment – The SNAP.

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# Philosophical Underpinnings: From Reflection to Transformation

This piece highlights the changes in my thinking between 2010 and today in terms of educational philosophy.

# Shatterpoint

One of my favorite parts of the P.L.A.N. (Bird, Savage 2015) is the concept of “Shatterpoint”. A few years back I was reading a novel by Mathew Stover who wrote about a gem stone that was virtually indestructible — no matter how hard it was struck nothing would happen to it. Yet, a tiny tap […]