NORCAN Reflections Pereyma norway visit: october 2015
NORCAN is a partnership between schools, ministry and teacher federation officials from Alberta, Norway and Ontario focused on enhancing excellence through equity in the subject area of mathematics.
Farvel (Good Bye) Teacher Desk
There were no teacher desks in the Borresen classrooms. And just like me, our Norwegian colleagues don't need a desk in the room. So why do I still have a teacher's desk in my classroom when I could be using the space for another learning centre? This simple observation of the Norwegian classroom has made me reflect upon and wonder about what needs to change in mine.
NORCAN provides the opportunity to explore possibilities for improving our teaching practice and our school.
Our international collaborators
Staying the Course...
While this NORCAN experience has made us want to change our classroom and teaching practice in several ways, it has also served to validate the direction in which we endeavour to grow.
Conversations with colleagues have confirmed the value of the collaborative inquiry for learning mathematics (CILM) model that we use for professional inquiry and growth. Our team will continue to work together and learn together in the classroom on a regular basis. This is the practice that best supports our teacher learning.