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So little time, so many outcomes
Posted by Janique Caseley on March 22, 2020 at 11:04 amHow do we, as educators, create a problem solving, math talking, exploratory environment that allows us to continue to cover the outcomes we are expected to teach in the time that we have to teach math (90 minutes per day in Nova Scotia), knowing that all students work at various paces and knowledge levels?
Scott Cortez replied 2 years, 12 months ago 4 Members · 7 Replies 
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Yes! This is my question too! I have my students for 65 mins a day but feel so much pressure, especially because there is a provinical exam in grade 12 that we really try to get students ready for beginning in grade 10. There is so much pressure which really takes away from the those really great, interesting, exciting math moments!

I completely understand and hear you! I have seen the grade nine teachers at my school this year spend three weeks on a “midterm” just to place the students in courses at the high school level. When we have so many things to teach, I just wonder if the students will get to everything. Have you watched the 30 minutes in 30 days video of Jon Orr in his classroom yet?


This was on the Facebook feed from yesterday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKa1CstxA9g
I want to during my school shut down I want to read more up on 80/20 design and find or design lessons for my class. I have about 80 minutes allocated for daily math instruction.

Thank you for sharing that, Scott. That was an interesting video. I will also be using this time away from school to look at my textbook questions and see how I can dissect them and turn my math class into less textbook work and more problemsolving, collaboration, and math reasoning time. I like the 80/20 principle think it will help with that planning.


Thanks for sharing the classroom clock @scottcortes.
@janiquecaseley you may also want to listen to episode 12 of the podcast for some ideas.
 This reply was modified 3 years ago by Jon Orr.