Okay readers I’m asking for your help. I told you a few weeks ago about the darling at my school who has an inoperable brain tumor. She has a Christmas wish…to receive ornaments from all over the world to fill the tree she is going to have in her bedroom this year. Can you help? Send an ornament. And…I’d love it if you shared this on your own blog or FB page.
Here is the information, as posted by Rebeccah’s mom. I have also included a link to the FB page at the bottom.
“As many of you one of our angels, Rebeccah is very ill with an inoperable brain tumour. She is only 8 years old and has started to go through things no one, especially a child should ever have to endure. Through it all she has been our shining star, our vision of light, hope and happiness.
So many people have already rallied together to help us out and provide support to her, all of which has given her a reason to fight and keep a positive attitude.
As a parent it is the worst possible feeling to sit by and watch as a devastating disease like cancer takes your child. This disease has yet to take her smile, her perseverance, love, compassion, and sense of humour….but it is robbing her of many monumental life experiences and growths.
I ask everyone to do me one small favour, beyond your prayers please help make this Christmas one to remember.
Rebeccah is a very emotional and sentimental girl who loves nothing more than Christmas, and not the gifts that come with it but the time spent with family and friends.
She asked us this year to please allow her to have her own Christmas tree in her room….although I can not give her her wish of health I would love for nothing more than to allow her to see that caring and compassion exists in this world and that she has inspired people from all over Canada and the world with her story through friends .
The favour I ask of you is to please find it within your hearts to
share this message with as many people as you know and to ask everyone to send Rebeccah an ornament for her tree, so that she may remember your kindness and share a special moment with her sister, Madelynne; while opening a new parcel and finding a special place on her tree. She loves angels, doves and stars, but all ornaments will forever have a story and a face.
I have given our address to many friends and I pray that you can help out, if not please feel free to write her a letter or pray for her.
Please address mail or parcels to:
117 Bay Street
Victoria Harbour ON
If you wish to enclose your email address we will surely send you a picture of Rebeccah putting your gift on the tree.”
So yeah, it’s November and yes, this was started way back when there were still leaves on the trees, what’s your point?! The sad part, I have had this post mostly written since the end of August, I just haven’t hit the publish button. Since you’re reading this…I obviously finally hit publish.
paint stool for kitchen
choose and get counter (FINALLY) installed
* hang curtain in kitchen
put curtains in dining room back up.
* reclaim the dining room table – it was…for a bit (a day), but I needed it again when the counter got installed
rearrange spare bedroom
hang curtains in spare bedroom
* try 10 recipes I’ve pinned - I think I tried two recipes from either Pinterest or a blog, but used the internet for others.
read more books – I read and finished books (books!) I count that as success!
* rearrange craft/work room
* make new desk for craft/work room
* hang curtain in craft/work room
* put together display case in basement
* put collectibles in said display case
* hang artwork in basement
reorganize school stuff in basement
put together shelving for school stuff
go through my crazy big pile of magazines (I don’t know why I keep getting them!) - got through half, so now it’s only a big pile, not a crazy big pile.
* paint bedroom
* want to refresh paint in spare bedroom (but we’ll see)
* make quilt for SIL (she doesn’t read this, but she already knows) - fabric is ironed, just need to cut strips and then sew. I make it sound like I did the hard job!
also make pillow and a potholder for my SIL – fabric is cut and measured…so sort of done.
* upcycle a sweater into a bag or wallet for another SIL
* complete a jelly roll quilt (third pic down) - I got the fabric ironed for this too…
I also completed…
organizing my school stuff on to shelves
scrubbing the back deck to get rid of the grossness! This took days!
get rid of a trunkful of stuff to the thrift store
I honestly don’t remember much about math in my elementary years. My only real recollection is being in a split grade in 7/8 and “preparing” for the Gauss math competition, not that I ever really competed, my report cards can attest to that with marks hovering around a C+. High school math wasn’t much better, I ended my math career after grade 10, blaming it on my teachers inability to teach.
Now I’m a teacher and the with changes to the curriculum I have had to teach math I barely understood back in high school. Funny thing is, I actually enjoy math, now. Then, not so much.
Somewhere along the way I actually started to understand I picked up the strategies that we are now teaching students to attempt. I chunk numbers when I am adding and subtracting. I use place value to multiply big numbers. The new math isn’t really new, it’s just different from the way we learned in school.
One of the biggest aspects of the math taught in the classroom now is not so much the final answer but how you get to the answer. It is truly amazing to see how different students get to the final answer, using a variety of different methods. Our GPS gives us different methods to arrive at a certain location so why shouldn’t math? I know that sounds just plain absurd but believe me when I say that math really is no different than the different routes on your GPS.
The GPS has all of the required information, roads, maps, mileage, etc. Let’s consider that the basics. In math the basics are adding and subtracting. Like it or not, for many students this is all they will learn procedurally, and in all honesty for many that may be all they need.
We punch an address into the GPS and it shows us how to get to our destination. If we make an error the GPS recalculates and gets us around the problem and to our destination.
In math we look at the problem (the address) and use the details we know to try and solve the problem. Sometimes we take a wrong turn and need to recalculate.
Sometimes our GPS is completely out of date and no matter what we do, the destination just doesn’t exist. Do you give up and go home? Or do you problem solve and figure out how to get to the end point?
Today’s math is more about problem solving then it is about application. Students can repeated add numbers if they can’t multiply. It’s not efficient but it does work. If students understand the problem they can easily grab their iPhone and punch in a bunch of numbers to get the answer. Like it or not, this is a reality.
Don’t get me wrong students need to understand the basics and even with the new math 2+2 still equals 4. Students are being asked to work through more complex questions and explain or show how they got to their answer. I have always told my students that showing their work in vital – wrong is wrong, but at least if I can see what you have tried I can get you back in the right direction. There is also an all out ban on, “I just know.” Like it or not here in Ontario grades 3 and 6 write EQAO and students need to be able to explain how they got to their answer and “I just know” isn’t going to help them.
You would be surprised how many students can get to the “right” answer using a totally different method then what one would expect to see in a classroom. If the student is able to explain how they got there, all the better. Sit down with a kid sometime and have them walk you through the math they are doing. Keep in mind, you really want to have an open mind and hold back on giving your input because some of you will likely cringe at what they are doing and by the end your mind will be blown that they got there in the end. Sure, there may be an easier/shorter way to get to the answer, but who cares? Students need to be able to figure out the problem and how they are going to attach it, if it takes them 5 minutes to do something you could do in 1, does it really matter?
The new math isn’t all that scary if you sit and take the time to see what is being done.
There is so much more to be said about “the new math” I am just touching the surface with this topic – a topic that I have seen recently on both Facebook and on Twitter. A topic that isn’t likely going away any time soon.
What’s your thought on this “new math” being taught in the classroom?
Here in Canada, as we lost soldiers in the Afghan conflict, the citizens took it upon themselves to honour and remember those soldiers who died. The Highway of Heroes was created out of this.