We believe mathematics is an essential skill vital to our students’ future successes. Through a variety of tools and teaching approaches, our teachers encourage students as they develop a deep understanding of math. Many of the strategies we have identified to support this goal are already well underway. See how far we have progressed on each of our goals.
Our most recent EQAO results show continuous improvement since the implementation of the board’s strategic plan in 2016, offering encouragement for our strategies. Our focus remains on building the capacity of our classroom educators by providing professional learning opportunities to teachers on effective instructional and assessment strategies.
The results of this can be seen looking at Aleda Klassen’s math classroom at Waterloo Collegiate Institute (WCI). Klassen’s students work collaboratively on whiteboards to solve problem. Her focus is on creating opportunities for students to struggle with math problems, and work to find their own solutions. This way, they develop a deeper understanding of the mathematical theories, rather than simply learning how to use equations.
The work Klassen is doing to innovate math instruction has not gone unnoticed. In early 2019, she was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in STEM for her work to create multiple opportunities for success in math.
Collaborative efforts with local institutions like the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo provide unique learning opportunities for our elementary students, such as the workshops provided to grade 7 and 8 students at Centennial Public School in Waterloo.