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One of the principles that has been a focus of our project together is finding ways to connect mathematics to community, culture and place. Seeing and experiencing mathematics in the word around us, mathematics as a way to understand ourselves and the world and mathematics as connected to other areas... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2020 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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Due to not being able to meet in person, we had a Zoom session with about 30 educators from eight districts join us at 3pm on May 6 via Zoom to share, reflect on the year and think ahead to next year. We shared some of the things we had... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2020 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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After having to reschedule our January meeting date due to snow, we were able to come together with teams from eight lower mainland districts on February 26 2020. Our focus this year has been experiencing mathematics in the outdoors, with each district taking on more context and interest specific projects... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2020 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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On Friday, October 25 we held our first Reggio-Inspired Mathematics Mini-Conference as part of the BCAMT Fall Conference at Guildford Park Secondary in Surrey. We began with an overview session in the gym where I shared the background to our cross-district professional inquiry project and how think about Reggio-inspired principles... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2019 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
Hi Rachel, sorry but I am just getting this. Please email me at jnovakowski@sd38.bc.ca and we will work something out!
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*Note: this blog post was first drafted on February 15 2018 in response to questions and observations of how the term "provocations" was being used in local online discussions. It is finally being shared in October 2019. The initial post from February 2018... In thinking about provocations in mathematics specifically,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2019 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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Our first issue of our BC Reggio-Inspired Mathematics Project magazine is ready for ordering. Online ordering information can be found HERE which includes a preview of a few pages of the magazine. Online price is $10, not including shipping. Blurb has discounts for orders of 10+. Please note that shipping... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2019 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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Educators from eight districts came together on May 8 2019 at Grauer Elementary in Richmond to share this year's collaborative professional inquiry projects, reflect on our work together and to think ahead to next year. We were fortunate to have the BC Association of Mathematics Teachers (BCAMT) Vice-President join us... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2019 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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Registration is available through the bcamt.ca website and you will be asked to indicate whether you will be attending sessions offered as part of the mini-conference. The current plan is to have an overview session followed by two sets of concurrent breakout sessions facilitated by BC teachers involved with our... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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Educators from across eight districts came together on October 10 for our cross-district network dinner meeting. We met at Grauer Elementary in Richmond and began in The Studio, thinking about how different art materials inspire mathematical thinking, connection-making and questions. After time with materials, we discussed some big interdisciplinary concepts... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2019 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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Hosted by BC School Districts 53 and 57, educators from across the Okanagan region came together on August 28 for a summer institute focusing on Reggio-Inspired Learning Experiences in Mathematics. We looked at the principles and practices inspired but the centres in Reggio Emilia, Italy and made connections to our... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2019 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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September meant back to school for three of us - Neil at McRoberts, Janice at the school board office and Colin beginning his second year of Kinesiology at UBC. Adam began his second co-op position at Connor, Clark and Lund Financial Group in downtown Vancouver. Adam enjoyed his co-op position and working downtown. He took the train in every morning and ate lunch out every day - so many choices downtown! He learned a lot about his field and really enjoyed the people he worked with. Adam continued to play rec hockey at UBC and also played hockey with his... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2019 at janice's mash-up
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So many of you have witnessed the escapades of Janice and her RAV4. There are many stories to tell and many kilometres driven but on October 15, I finally said good-bye to my trusted vehicle and purchased a new Honda HRV. I love my new zippy vehicle that actually has doors that lock, windows that unfog in seconds, lights, clocks and a radio that works and it has heated seats. Things that I miss about my old car: the very mathy license plate, the memories of all the travels with the boys to sports, Whistler, to the Okanagan and having... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2018 at janice's mash-up
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District teams came together at Grauer Elementary in Richmond on May 9 2018 to share and celebrate their district's project work for the school year. We focused on district projects, spatial reasoning connections, new math resources to support our project, inspiration from study tours and visioning. The Studio at Grauer... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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July began with a bang - celebrating both Canada Day and Shelley & Jessica's wedding on July 1st! Neil and I really loved the wedding - so authentic, so warm and so wrapped in love! Colin worked a bit at Ichiro in July while he was waiting to be deployed for wildfire firefighting. He also volunteered a lot with the BC Mobility Opportunities Society doing hikes, paddle boarding and kayaking. He did a short trip to Calgary and the Stampede with a group of friends (lots of fun). Adam lived out at UBC for the month of July as a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at janice's mash-up
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April began with an Easter lunch and a happy 83rd birthday to my dad. It was beautiful and springy in April and this inspired my photos and my baking. Neil and I visited the Cherry Blossom Festival at Garry Point... For work I visited Cranbrook... and I went to Washington, DC to present at and attend the NCTM Annual Conference. Highlights for this trip were visiting the Smithsonian Museum of National History and going to the National Portrait Gallery and seeing the Obama portraits. April was full of studying and final exams for Colin and finishing up projects at work... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2018 at janice's mash-up
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So 2018 kind of got away from me so instead of "a month in the life" post, I'm going to try and get caught up with some quarterly posts just so I have some sort of archive of the goings on for our family. January was a bit of a whirlwind with Adam moving to Ottawa to do a co-op position as a junior economist. Before he left we celebrated his 21st birthday! On January 4 , Adam and I (and lots of luggage) left for Ottawa. It was going to be our last time together as a family of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2018 at janice's mash-up
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As I reflect on bringing back JOY as my one little word for 2017, it was a very good choice, so good actually that it might stick around for 2018. 2017 brought a full year of freedom in many ways for me (aka PhD free) and with freedom apparently comes joy. I am a believer that you can choose joy and seek joy. I have tried to be very mindful of this in both my personal and professional lives. Of course, there are aspects of my work that are not always joyful. But...there are many times when I have been... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at janice's mash-up
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December brought more Great Canadian Baking Show technical challenges - brandy snaps and rugelach. I had a work trip over to Victoria for a couple of days. I love Victoria any time of year but it is especially festive in December - special displays in all the hotels and lovely lights everywhere. When I got back the Christmas preparations really began - getting a tree, last minute shopping, wrapping, meal planning and lots of baking. And the night before our 24th anniversary, I opened the door into the garage and got dripped on. It was pouring rain outside and it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at janice's mash-up
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November here always teases us with winter a bit - some years we get a bit of snow but it never seems to last very long. We had some lovely warm days too which of course meant we had an intersection of summer, fall and winter all at the same time - life on the west coast! Other parts of BC were decidedly in winter mode though. I flew into Kelowna and drove to Salmon Arm to do a full-day presentation. In the morning, I woke up to heavy snow but at the time, thought it looked so pretty (and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at janice's mash-up
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October started out feeling like summer... Adam has been accepted into the co-op program at Sauder and now as part of his degree requirements, he needs to complete 12 months of co-op work. Lots to learn and think about as he will be beginning to apply and interview for jobs. Colin seems to find all sorts of things to get involved with at UBC and has had a successful first round of midterms - phew. Celebrating Grandpa Kamide's birthday: I went down to Portland with some colleagues to present at the Northwest Math Conference and to promote next year's conference... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at janice's mash-up
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Hello September! We are still basking in the summer weather which always makes it hard to be in classes all day. Both boys are looking forward to their year at UBC. Adam is applying to be in the co-op program for his faculty and Colin is off on a weekend retreat for all the first year students in Kinesiology. Colin is only going to be working on Sundays at Ichiro during the school year and Adam is still going to work a few shifts a week at London Drugs this fall. Adam's also playing recreational hockey at UBC and Colin... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at janice's mash-up
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In August was all about family and travel. Colin, Neil and I flew to Japan on August 2 and Adam flew over from South Korea to join us. We knew this would be a trip of a lifetime - we can see our "family of four" trips being few and far between as the boys get older and have growing responsibilities with school and work. We visited Osaka, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Kyoto and Tokyo, staying in Air BnBs and travelling by train between cities, enjoying the local food and sites. It was the trip of family selfies. So many amazing experiences!... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at janice's mash-up
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On Saturday, February 17 2018, educators from Richmond, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Vancouver and West Vancouver met on Cypress Mountain to go snowshoeing and to consider where math lives in the winter on the mountains. Connecting to place and community is an important principle underlying Reggio-Inspired approaches to teaching and learning. Within... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2018 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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The Wonder of Learning Exhibit is an exhibition created by Reggio Children Italy sharing the experiences of the centres and schools of Reggio Emilia. It tours around the world and is in Seattle until May 2018. More background information about the exhibit can be found HERE. More information about the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics