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  • Hello from Toronto!

    Posted by Suzie Lowe on August 5, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Hi Everyone,

    My name is Suzie, and I am a teacher in Toronto. I currently teach grade 7 at a school in York Region. Two years ago, I took a week-long working on Peter Liljedahl’s Thinking Classroom approach. I’ve played around with a few of his concepts and now own a copy of his book. I’m hoping through the Academy I can do some more revamping of my math class, especially with assessment.

    Looking forward to chatting with you folks!

    Natalie VanWyngaarden replied 1 year, 1 month ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Natalie VanWyngaarden

    Member
    August 5, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Hi, I ordered the book Building Thinking Classrooms and currently I am reading chapter 7. For a professional book it is an easy read and easy to understand. I think teachers will be pleasantly surprised with it. Some great resources are listed within the book e.g., further website includeing material that he has posted.

    • Kyle Pearce

      Administrator
      August 6, 2021 at 7:57 am

      We also love the book. Philosophically aligned with what we do here at MMM! Let us know your biggest take aways!

      • Natalie VanWyngaarden

        Member
        August 16, 2021 at 1:43 pm

        Yes , I do see how this book aligns with Math Making Moments ideology. I laughed about the behaviour issues he mentions in the traditional method e.g., slackers, procrastinators etc. and how standing at the vertical board alleviates this. I was surprised about the homework ideas as in not assigning it. I liked the idea of using understanding of concepts question. His organization method for tracking work and how he listed it in a table format helps me to see how you could possibly track this.. He did caution too that a thinking classroom will not be easy for students. He included ideas for extensions for those groups that finish early too and listed in a step-by-step example to help teachers address this issue. The examples of activities at the end of each chapter are a great resource that I will use. Did you participate in the research? People need repetition and lots of it to master or understand a concept ( at least I do) so highlighting and reading his book helps me to understand the objective of the thinking classroom and how and why it is set-up in the manner that it is.