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    We need to think differently

    Problem Based Learning. Project Based Learning. Challenge Based Learning. I'm having an existential crisis. Questioning everything I do. Am I and my fellow math teachers still relevant? This week's readings got my head spinning and sent me o
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    The Power of Numbers

    Numbers when combined with images are powerful and can be used to influence change. This is no big secret, which is why so many people use infographics to spread their message. In Grade 9, we call our exponents unit "The Power of Numbers". In add
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    90% Theft or Collaboration?

    Some say that teaching is 90% theft and 10% ingenuity. Theft. What a dreadful way to describe what we do. I'm sure you've used someone else's material or ideas, probably lots of times, but don't let anyone call you a thief. You are not this bunny.
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    Final Project: Quadratics Unit

    As I near the end of course 1, I'm considering how I can get my students to collaborate more, to draw on each others' strengths, to mess around with technology, and to figure things out for themselves. My Grade 9 extended math class is currently le
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    Tweak your focus

    A few weeks ago I wrote about the connected networks of trees in this blog-post. It was the first of many a-ha! moments in the few short weeks of my COETAIL journey. My latest a-ha! moment came while reading Collaborative Learning for the Digital
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    Connected Learning: My Struggle is Real

    [caption id="attachment_21" align="alignright" width="300"] Catching a Firefly by Neville Nel[/caption] In principle, I find my perspectives on teaching and learning shifting. The more I read and watch about 21st century learning and 21st century
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    Connecting the Dots

    Much has been written about networks and connectivity lately. New research indicates that trees in a forest are connected through a network of bacteria and fungal strands, and that when you dig down to this level it is difficult to tell where one org