Football Mania

Super Bowl is coming up so it’s a good time to share about a football-themed exponential investigation we did this semester.  Full details below, including links to the task sheets. I had come across some work by Geoff and Mr. Honner and was totally inspired by the awesome math behind the NFL Draft. I had never given a lot of thought to all…

Rent-to-Own Put to the Test

To kick off the Financial Applications section of the MCF3M course, I wanted to introduce students to a simple interest problem in a way that helped them see what skills they already possess when it comes to interest rates, percentages, and problem solving. I saw this post from Dan about Rent-to-Own companies and thought it was a great application.  I…

Accessibility Lessons

This summer I had the opportunity to work with the Carleton University Disability Research Group to help translate some of their amazing research into activities for the classroom.  We have put together a selection of activities that are of different lengths for a variety of classroom subjects, for both the elementary and secondary panel. We are currently seeking teachers who…

Rational Exponents – Simple is Beautiful

Our Grade 11 Functions course is slowly becoming more of a Thinking Classroom, and one of the big shifts I’m currently working towards is Defronting the Room. I use Pear Deck regularly for setting up a problem & collecting responses (blog post to come), but this week I was looking to do a simple, oral explanation of a problem and…

Sketchnotes Day 5

We’re five days into our Sketchnoting trial for the astronomy unit of grade 9 science. I think it’s safe to say I’m sold on the idea of being intentional about integrating visuals in note taking.    Observations so far: Students are awesome. Not that this is a new finding, but it’s nice to be reminded of how unique & creative…

Sketchnotes Take One: What do we already know?

We’ve started sketchnoting in SNC1DF in our Study of the Universe unit. For the first day, I introduced the concept of sketchnotes with help from Marie-Andree Ouimet & Joel Charlebois’ workshop presentation.  After a quick introduction, I set the students on their first sketchnoting adventure: draw a sketchnote of what you already know about the universe. I gave the students a…

Starting with Sketchnotes

After following the #sketchnoting conversation between educators on Twitter, I became intrigued. I popped in the sketchnoting room at the 2018 EdCamp and my brain was abuzz with ideas for how this could change the way students engage with information in Science class. Not one to waste any time, I reordered our units in SNC1DF and set Earth & Space: the…

Periodic Table Introduction

You know when you are faced with a challenge that makes your brain work in a way that is both frustrating and intriguing? This introductory activity for the Periodic Table was just that for my students and I’ve included a free printable below so that you can give it a try. We are partway through our Chemistry unit and I…

Parabola Slalom

As an end of unit assessment, I had students complete the Parabola Slalom on Desmos. This was my first time using one of the pre-made Desmos Classroom Activities, but it won’t be my last. The activity was a good balance of challenging & achievable. The students were frustrated in a way that spurred them on to seek out possible solutions….