Enhancing Mathematical Learning
At Eugene Reimer Middle School, we are embracing innovative teaching methodologies, and one such transformative approach is the implementation of "Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics, Grades K-12: 14 Practices for Enhancing Learning" by Peter Liljedahl. This framework is reshaping our mathematical practices and redefining how our students approach problem-solving and mathematical reasoning.
We are using core practices from the Thinking Classroom. These practices involve cultivating a culture of collaboration and exploration. Students are strategically grouped to encourage diverse perspectives, fostering a collaborative learning environment. Additionally, the incorporation of vertical non-permanent surfaces (VNPS), such as whiteboards, has allowed for a more interactive and dynamic exploration of mathematical ideas. These surfaces serve as canvases for collective problem-solving, enabling students to visualize and refine their thought processes. One of the core practices we have embraced encourages students to articulate their thought processes and engage in meaningful discussions. This emphasis on communication has deepened their understanding of mathematical concepts and empowered them to approach problem-solving with newfound confidence. With only one whiteboard marker per group, students need to verbally express their thinking so that others can understand it and represent it on the VNPS. Our classrooms are transforming into dynamic hubs of dialogue, where students actively share strategies and learn from one another. We are seeing a shift in our students' attitudes toward mathematics.
Students are not just consumers of information but active participants in their learning journey. This shift has not only made mathematics more enjoyable but has also instilled a sense of ownership and agency in our students.
By fostering critical thinking, collaboration, and effective communication, we are equipping our students with skills that extend beyond the realms of mathematics. These skills are the building blocks of lifelong learning and success in an increasingly complex and interconnected global society.
DEAN JOHNSON, PRINCIPAL
MICHELLE MYERS, VICE PRINCIPAL
ROVI SANDHU, VICE PRINCIPAL
SHANNON BENMORE, GRADE 8 TEACHER
Eugene Reimer Middle School