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Category Archives: Numeracy

Intermediate math homework help

We thank the Ministry of Education for the following information:

Are you in grades 7 to 10? Need help with math homework? Then why not get live, online math tutoring from an Ontario teacher? It’s free and easy to sign up.

Setting up your account

To log in and register, you’ll need your Ontario Education Number (OEN), found at the top of your report card near your name.

Note: Homework Help is offered in English and is only available to students at publicly funded schools.

Sign In or Register for Homework Help at the Independent Learning Centre

Homework Help Register NowHomework Help is run by TVO’s Independent Learning Centre with support from the Ontario government.

Live online tutoring

You can log in between 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET from Sunday to Thursday for one-on-one tutoring.

You can also join your grade’s tutor room to see what questions other students are asking and then watch teachers walk through problems on the group whiteboard.


Reflecting, learning, sharing

On March 7, 2014, our staff engaged in a day of learning during our Professional Activity Day. The day was divided into three 100 minute learning blocks just like the students experience each day, but with a focus on our School Improvement Plan.P.A. Days are one of the many ways we engage in ongoing professional learning as a staff.


Our opening block provided us time to focus on mathematics. Our board has recently created a “Math Frame” whose components help to guide our overall work in numeracy, including: commitment, planning, assessment, engagement, instruction and relationships. We considered our own work within the frame and discussed next steps for us as a staff. We also had the opportunity to look at Ministry of Education research, including the article Supporting Numeracy: Building a Community of Practice.

Social Studies, History and Geography

In September 2014, our board will fully implement the revised Social Studies, History and Geography curriculum in our classrooms. We had the opportunity to examine what is new in the curriculum and compare it with our present work and understandings. The opening pages of the curriculum are interesting to explore as we did, particularly the concepts of disciplinary thinking (pg 13). We reflected on how inquiry based learning is an integral component of the curriculum. Our French teachers’ team was also able to spend time examining the recently revised French curriculum that has similarities as well.

staffartProvocations, art and inquiry

Our afternoon concluded with a very special session led by one of our Designated Early Childhood Educators Ms. Theis. She was able to guide us through various art experiences that allowed us to learn and explore visual arts. The session used “provocations” to get us thinking, reflecting and inquiry in variety of ways linked to variety of curricular areas. Ms. Theis has recently started a professional blog and her inaugural post was about our learning session in the afternoon. Be sure to have a look for more wonderful pictures from the session like the one on left side of this page.

I want to thank all of the staff who helped to facilitate the day of learning and to everyone for their participation throughout the day.

Reflecting, learning, sharing: we ask of it of our students and so too of ourselves.

We look forward to putting the learning into action in the coming months of school.


Mr. Collins

Three months

We have now completed our first three months of the school year and already have much to celebrate thanks to excellent focus and initiative by our students, staff and community, including:

welcoming our Elder’s Mills community to our team

The launch of our school touchstone

– Sharing a redesigned Learning Commons

Launching our Green Bin program through our school’s Eco Team

Implementing new technologies into our classrooms and classroom programs

Meeting with parents and guardians to review student’s Progress Report Cards

Our staff exploring professional learning in many ways

Starting to plan for the transition of our grade 8 students to high school

Starting our Roots of Empathy programs

Recognizing Bullying Awareness week

Starting our Healthy Snack program

We have developed a focused start in our classroom programs in the areas of academics, athletics and the arts.

We have had the chance to recognise the work of various employee groups at our school including: our Designated Early Childhood Educators, our care taking team, Educational Assistants and our Administrative Assistants.

Our staff have provided several student leadership and extra curricular opportunities such as our Cross Country Team, The sign language club, library and office helpers, the student Tech Team, our Eco team, Student Council, Boys’ and Girls’ Volleyball, Floor Hockey intramurals, homework club, Lunch room helpers, and our Positive Climates for Learning Committee.

As school community we have given back through our Terry Fox Walk, The Count Me in Project, and our local food bank drive.

We also appreciate the work of our school council with our school this year. Their upcoming Dance-A-Thon will take place on December 13, 2013 and will surely be an enjoyable event. Remember that all parents and guardians are welcome to our meetings. Future meetings will be: January 14, 2014, February 20, 2014, April 22, 2014 and May 29, 2014.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Three short months…

remember when it was only 3 short weeks?

Remember when I asked us to write our story?

How do you think we have done so far?


Mr. Collins

The power of collaborative work

Today, a group of staff from our school welcomed a team of staff from Carrville Mills P.S to engage in professional learning in the area of mathematics. The team included curriculum consultants, teachers, Designated Early Childhood Educators and administrators. The staff worked in classrooms that ranged from Kindergarten to intermediate classes. The learning and professional dialogue today was rich and I want to thank the educators who collaborated so effectively together.

As a school we focused on student engagement and enthusiasm to support students in persevering through math tasks. One classroom looked at curricular expectations related to money (ex. value of coins, determining combinations of coins for priced items) and another class looked at reading and interpreting secondary data to draw conclusions. There was time provided to take the curricular expectations and create a learning goal for the lesson we would teach today.

Mathematics is a focus of our School Improvement Plan; so too is job embedded professional learning for our staff. Today we examined research to support our planning such as how our classroom environments can foster math thinking and math talk. We talked about making mathematics real for students and linking it to real world applications wherever possible. Finally, I was impressed with how staff asked questions themselves about what the mathematics instruction should look like and sound like. As teams we spent time planning and then we actually went into two classrooms and co-taught the lessons. At the end, there was time to debrief on what we saw and heard from the students. It was a powerful learning model both for students and for us as adults.

I have said it before, and will say it again: I have the best job in the world. Each day, I get to watch magic happen thanks to our students, staff and community. Today was another fine example of the magic of our collaborative work together.


Mr. Collins