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It’s that time again! What are YOUR goals this year?


What are your goals for this year as a math teacher?  

I’d like to focus on the quality and quantity of my formative assessment practices and strategies, such as using entrance and exit slips as a quick way to find out what students already know and how I should proceed with instruction. I’d also like to take the time to conference with my students more often. I’ve included a few excellent resources on my Assessment Resource page under Formative Assessment. It can be difficult to find the time to do it well but the more we assess FOR student learning (and view assessment as much more than just an evaluative tool) the better we can plan for instruction that targets students’ needs and abilities (e.g., guided math groups) and provide feedback that helps to boost student learning. 

Good luck to everyone heading back to school! If you need some help planning fun and meaningful math lessons, keep exploring my website! 



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This blog is designed to help Junior teachers (Grades 4 – 6) easily access links, documents, resources, activities, games and sites that relate to the Ontario curriculum mathematics strands. We all know how time consuming it can be to navigate the web in search of appropriate and relevant resources to use in the classroom. Hopefully, by bookmarking this blog your life can become a bit easier and you can focus on your students rather than “Googling” for an hour, skimming, scanning, downloading, saving, printing, etc. I’ve basically done a lot of the research and sifting for you. Of course, this is not a complete project – in fact, I encourage visitors to share other sites and resources (each page has a comments section at the bottom so you can share). I’ll also be continuously adding items as well.

That being said, enjoy working your way through the blog. Perhaps you’ll encounter some fabulous resources that you didn’t even know existed. I know I did! Don’t worry, I didn’t keep all the good stuff for myself. It’s all here! 🙂

To help make navigation easier, right click on a link and choose the option to “Open link in a new tab.”

What you can find on this site

You’ll gain access to resources developed by the Ontario Ministry of Education, including the Guides to Effective Instruction, as well as several eWorkshop videos and activities. The site also features links to Math games, instructional videos for students, and access to tools that can be used with interactive whiteboards to support hands-on learning. For those interested on further reading, the Research page offers a short but carefully selected bibliography of books and journal articles that deal with current research trends in mathematics education.

Thank you for visiting!

Helen Courssaris, OCT, BA, BEd, MEd (2012)

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