Numeracy in the Valley » Growing Teacher & Student Efficacy
Growing Teacher & Student Efficacy
Introduction & Assignments: Hi, I'm Christopher Silcox and I am a teacher and Learning Coordinator for Mathematics K-8 and School Improvement. I am a mathematician and I bet you are too. I have the privilege of learning alongside a great math team at Thames Valley and in schools with teachers and students across our board.
Family: On a personal note, I am a husband to Monique and a father of three energetic and curious boys (Max, Thomson and Harrison) and a spunky girl (Andie). I learn a great deal from them as they develop. They are not empty vessels to be filled but young mathematicians to be engaged! They teach me to see differing needs and to be patient.
Thus my time is shared. When not teaching, I love playing sports, reading, watching compelling movies, and learning how to do something new. Tell me about your favourite book, movie, or charity; I’d love to know.
Why numeracy?: We need critical and creative thinking to solve complex problems. Mathematics invites us to develop both. Our ministry of education and board of education are "Paying Attention to Mathematics Education" and we are all dedicating Sept. 21 as a Numeracy P.D. day. We are striving to develop numerate citizens from K-12.
What is it to be numerate?:
"To be numerate is to use mathematics effectively to meet the general demands of life at home, in paid work, and for participation in community and civic life.
In school education, numeracy is a fundamental component of learning ...across all areas of the curriculum. It involves the disposition to use, in context, a combination of:
Report of the Numeracy Eduation Strategy Development Conference, Numeracy --Everyone's Business (October 1997) adopted by the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers
Our work in TVDSB works to build student and teacher efficacy by valuing students' and teachers' natural curiosity and working together to refine what we know and can do. We value research application in schools and aim to provide students with opportunities to develop conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. We use the 3-Part lesson structure and the 4-Step Problem Solving model to assist students in constructing their understanding.
Mission In this Role: Our Math, Science & Technology, & Environmental Education Team's Mission:
We support the development of competencies, and habits of life long learners through authentic math, inquiry science, and environmental stewardship.I will work toward this goal by collaborating with educators to:
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