A New way of Thinking Sewell Grade 8 Homeroom

Over the last few years there has been a massive shift in the way math is taught. An emphasis has been put on Problem Based learning in which the students work together to solve problems that are relevant to their life.

Food for Thought

This new way of math includes many different aspects, the first is represented clearly by author John Mighton when he writes, "no child is left behind–a world based on the assumption that each child has the potential to be successful in every subject. John Mighton argues that by recognizing the barriers that we have experienced in our own educational development, by identifying the moment that we became disenchanted with a certain subject and forever closed ourselves off to it, we will be able to eliminate these same barriers from standing in the way of our children."

Problem Based Math

Problem Based Math is a way of doing math that is relevant and meaningful to each child. Students work together to solve an open question and then justify their answer to the class. Not only are they doing math and problem solving, but they are also working on respectful practices of collaboration and communication.

The Learning Community

This year an atmosphere of cooperation vs. competition will be emphasized in which students share ideas and comment on others ideas in a safe place. It is proven that verbalizing leads to better understanding... so let them talk!

Processes Driving Change

problem solving - uses critical thinking and logic to solve a problems

reasoning and proving - draw conclusions and provides justification

reflecting - reflects on the reasonableness of answers ex. “Does it make sense?”

selecting tools and computational strategies - selects efficient strategies and tools to create solutions

connecting - transfers ideas or problem solving strategies into other areas of life

representing - represents solutions in various ways including, graphs, models, algebra and numbers

communicating - explain and justify your answer using clear mathematical language

A link to the Ontario Curriculum is provided for anyone who would like to take a closer look at expectations in Grade 8. Please go to pg. 110 for Grade 8. http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/math18curr.pdf

Problem of the Month

Let's do this! To help keep parents involved and everyone's minds fresh, I will be sending home and problem of the month for the students to work on with parents. Please take a few minutes to sit with your child and work through one of our problems together!

Problem of the Month

Rowan owes her brother $20 for a CD he bought for her and is getting $10 from her grandmother for mowing the lawn. If she started out with $25, how much money will she have now? - Edugains website
show it. prove it.


(n.d.). Retrieved April 26, 2017, from http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/

Elbers, E. (2003). Classroom interaction as reflection: Learning and teaching mathematics in a community of inquiry. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 54(1), 77-99. doi:10.1023/b:educ.0000005211.95182.90

JUMP Math. (n.d.). Retrieved April 23, 2017, from https://jumpmath.org/jump/en/book_end_ignorance

Created By
Melissa Sewell


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