September 2018 will mark the third year of the numeracy helping teachers who are providing support to their teachers in their school through sharing best practices, collaborative lesson planning and this year will also be providing direct service to individual students.
“This year we are excited to have six numeracy helping teachers in six schools working with all teachers to improve learning in math,” notes Cooper.
Individual schools have implemented programs to help students improve in literacy and/or numeracy. One example is at Shuswap Middle where the learning resource team, certified education assistants, the administration team and the district literacy teacher, are all working together to provide an intervention program for grade 6 and 7 students to boost them up to grade level. In Armstrong – Len Wood Middle, Armstrong Elementary and Highland Park are all working together to collect educational data and information on all students. They are also working together on teaching strategies for specific student needs, and ensuring all students are assessed and and then provided the best interventions and supports to ensure student success.
The District Numeracy Team is now in its third year and has already developed a district wide ‘big math idea’ which students should know in every grade.
The team has also developed weekly levelled problems for every grade and school.
Cooper explains the weekly problems use math to solve real world problems, including applying math thinking, solving (computation), analyzing and checking solutions and finally communicating mathematically.
“Problem solving also encourages the important skills of perseverance and creativity.”
He notes this year identifying a district wide standard numeracy assessment is a priority as they work to monitor the progress of all our students.