Posts Tagged ‘PD’

N-3rd Grade Mathematics

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Elementary School, Kili Lay

What is mathematics? “A way of thinking” – Erma Anderson, May 4, 2012 at the BFIS Parent Workshop

Research by Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) found that the content of mathematics is the same around the world. They then turned their research to the difference in high performing and low performing students. They found the difference between these groups of students was linked to instruction – high performers were taught that mathematics is like a map, a tool to help you problem solve and figure out the many ways to get from one point to another point. Low performers on the other hand were given a set of directions to be followed step by step, sequentially, without seeing the bigger picture of how everything is connected.

The focus of this workshop was how to help your young child develop their own mathematical road map and support the learning that is taking place in the classroom.

Erma shared what were the key areas your child should be “fluent” by the end of that grade level. Fluent was defined as “efficient, accurate, and flexible”.

Reflections from Poonam Pamnani

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Elementary School, Kili Lay

Notes from the ECIS conference held on 16-18th March in Athens.

Dr Gunilla Dahlberg spoke on The Changing Landscape in Early Childhood Education. It is a highly profiled area and has brought interest among economists, psychologists and educator. The child is seen as the site for change, instead of searching the given identities and locating problem on child. A pedagogy of welcoming and hospitality built on listening and comprehension. A willingness to experiment and to explore creative processes and production. A collective experimentation with the potential already there. A pedagogy that is open to the unknown and the unexpected, start with meaning, listening to students express naturally. Children are all the time creating connections between different subject areas. Start with listening, to challenge ideas. Put productive questions and materials.

Acquisition of 1st language is the most complex skill

Reflections from Laura Avendano

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Elementary School, Kili Lay

On March 16th to the 18th I attended the ECIS Early Childhood Conference in Athens, Greece. My overall experience of the conference was positive.  There were two great speakers that impressed me.  The first was Mark Levitt, “Working with Stories to Get Stories.”  His main message was to remind us that children are great story tellers.  They may need some guidance and direction from adults.  As teachers, it is important to listen and ask the right questions in order for the stories to fully develop with meaning and emotions.  By listening and asking questions, teachers are also validating and honoring the experiences of each child.  This is truly important to start in the early years as it will help them throughout their life to become good writers and thinkers.

PD Recap – Dr. Monica Neagoy

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Kili Lay

Dr. Monica Neagoy returned to campus February 27 and worked with students, teachers, administrators and parents through Saturday, March 17. She stepped into two classrooms to help solve two immediate needs and worked with a group of 11th grade IB students and a group of grade 10 students. Everyone involved recognized the value that Dr. Monica added to those classrooms and we are grateful for the timing of her visit. There were other students with whom she worked, ranging from intermittently to regularly, from grades 4th through 12th.

When not with students, Monica met with groups of teachers, individual teachers, parents and observed classrooms. From an instructional perspective, she is helping us develop and strengthen our “pedagogical content knowledge” – that is, how to teach mathematics. This is different than knowing mathematics or even understanding mathematics, which are certainly also important.

“The Mathematics of Beauty”

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Kili Lay


We were told to be prepared to “sit back, relax and allow yourself to be mesmerized by the beauty of mathematics and the mathematics of beauty” and for the intimate group of parents, teachers, and students in the audience, we wholly were!

Traveling through time and place, Dr. Monica gave us a fascinating tour of the many beautiful ways that mathematics is represented in nature, in art, in the human form, in man-made structures and the environment. After we looked at nautilus shells, pine cones, Ancient Greek architecture, musical instruments, and beautiful art, she had us warmed up to see the beauty of mathematics: an eloquent solution and the beauty and complexity of patterns. She closed her mesmerizing presentation with an in-depth look at the most complex of all mathematical representations, the Mandelbrot Set. If you don’t know what it is, Google it (or, here’s one YouTube video that I particularly liked).


Thank you to the following people for permission to use their photographs!

Beyer, Wolfgang. Mandlebrot Set, step 7. Wikipedia, 2005. JPG.

Mazzei, Andrea . Golden ratio (nautilus). Flickr, 2009. JPG.

Miller, Catherine. Sunflower. Flickr, 2010. JPG.