Week 1: April 10 to 13


On Monday (April 17), registered participants will receive an update by email on blogging support and learning opportunities for next week.  Remember that Cathy’s questions for us are below to guide your thinking.

Here is the learning from last night’s Twitter chat, moderated by Heather Theijsmeijer from Rainbow District School Board.

Learning opportunities for Week 1 are based on Cathy Fosnot’s book “Young Mathematicians at Work: Constructing Multiplication and Division” – Preface and Chapter 1.  We will work through one chapter per week for nine weeks.  

If you have ordered the book but it hasn’t arrived yet, Heinemann Publishers have generously allowed us to post digital copies of the Preface, Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 so that you can continue to participate while waiting for your hard copy. Details here

Feel free to experiment, interact and learn on any of the many platforms available.

If you have not registered yet, start here.

1. Dr. Cathy Fosnot leads the learning.  Couldn’t participate? Listen to the podcast here.

See the Storify of the Twitter conversation here.

Cathy’s Questions for Week 1  (You can answer these on the Collaborative Blog, on your own blog, on our Facebook Group page or on Google+)

Read Chapter 1. Watch the Video on the website.

  1. In the scenario of the two girls, and the 3rd grade in action, as you think about the situation (how many boxes for the candy), it has been crafted on purpose.

How is the context crafted to generate the mathematics?  What math ideas will likely be generated?  What strategies will come out of this situation?

What big ideas, strategies and models for the topic of multiplication would be important for us to really craft context to make sure we generate progressive development around them?

2.  Think of your own environment, the culture, the neighbourhood, the town, the school. What problems could you construct from your children’s lives?  What would a nice context be that we could use?

2. Twitter: Who is participating in #NotaBookStudy, and where are they from? Start here to build our collaborative map of participants.

New to Twitter? Find 10 minute Twitter lessons here

3. Newsletter: Share this learning with your colleagues through email.  Everyone who registered before April 9 received a newsletter.  A second newsletter will go out this week.

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4. Collaborative blogging.  Contribute your thinking here by commenting on a blog, or sharing your text through the contact page or by emailing it to notabookstudy@gmail.com

5. Thursday, April 13

Twitter chat 8 p.m. EDT – Based on our learning with Cathy Fosnot on Tuesday, we will co-construct 6 questions to spark conversation (one question every 10 minutes). The hashtag is #notabookstudy.


For next 9 wks, we’ll be diving into @ctfosnot’s book “Young Mathematicians At Work: Constructing Multiplication & Division” 

Q1) This is such a provocative title! What shifts in our thinking does the title invite? 

Q2) On Tuesday, we heard @ctfosnot’s story of falling in love with math – Tell us about when you fell in love with math! 

Q3) The book distinguishes between mathematics and mathematizing. What does “mathematizing” look like? 

Q4) Creativity is at the core of what mathematicians do.  How can we encourage creativity in the math classroom?

Q5) In what ways is math learning an equity issue? 

For Q6, we’ll refer to the 4-min video @ctfosnot’s shared with us on Tues. You can find it here

Q6) The video shows a mathematician’s classroom. What steps can we take to make classrooms more mathematician-friendly? 

6. All week long:

Join us on Facebook!

Contribute to our Collaborative Blog as you reflect on your learning.

Read and comment on math blogs.

Share your blog on this site.

Join our #NotABookStudy Voxer Group!  Get the Voxer app, use this link and you will be invited to join. Use the contact us page if you need help with this.

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