1, 2, 3...We Can Excel in Numeracy
March 15, 2018

My last blog discussed literacy and efforts of our school communities to focus on that important area of learning. Like literacy, numeracy education is a key focus of our strategic plan and I would like to outline just a fraction of our efforts to enhance numeracy education.

Similar to Literacy Days, many schools are implementing Numeracy Days which help students connect their numeracy education to everyday activities. Families may also be invited to attend Math Days that showcase student work, Family Math Night, or participate in a weekly family problem solving challenge. All of these activities highlight the importance of numeracy initiatives and extend conversations on numeracy beyond the walls of the classroom.   

The District’s strategic plan outlines a number of initiatives that guide our focus on enhancing student achievement in numeracy. A comprehensive Numeracy Plan for grades 6-9 and resources for grades 6-7 that help to identify numeracy concepts with which students may require additional support are just two examples. As well, a new professional learning plan is being developed for grades 6-9 educators and staff are partaking in numerous self-directed professional learning opportunities.

Trustees and staff also recognize that international data - such as PISA - generally rank our province lower in performance than many of our national counterparts when it comes to numeracy. Quite frankly, we would like to change those results and showcase the capabilities of our students as we see it demonstrated daily in the classroom. While PISA does not impact final course marks, we want to ensure students choose to actively engage the test as it helps the District focus on areas of need. I encourage you to visit an information page we have established to learn more about PISA. 

Numeracy is a key focus area for our Board and District staff and while we have made significant strides in our approach, we continue to work diligently to help our students with their numeracy skills. Just as importantly, we need our school communities, including families and friends, to support our message about the importance of numeracy and the role it plays in our lives.

Take your own action at home and practice simple numeracy activities such as: counting stairs with young children; grouping household items; measuring while cooking; or, arranging patterns. Collectively, we can make a difference not only in results, but in the perceptions of mathematics - and have a little fun along the way.

Sincerely,

Tony


Tony Stack
CEO/Director of Education

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