Six Nations District Numeracy Committee Meeting Minutes

Thursday, January 21^{st}, 2010

JC Hill (2:30 – 4:00)

Agenda Items | Present: Alice Anderson, Carrie Froman, Janis Thomas, Judy McNaughton, Joe Restoule General Absent: Sandy Hill |

Review minutes from last meeting | In order to accommodate time for the guest speaker, minutes were e-mailed out for approval in advance of the meeting. No amendments were requested so minutes are considered approved. |

Special Guest Presentation by Understanding Math personnel | Cynthia Rutledge from Neufeld Math presented on the Understanding Numeration (K-3) and Understanding Math (4-10) software. Approximately 10 other Six Nations staff members were also able to attend. Cynthia spoke at length about the program and demonstrated several lessons across different strands/grades. The following are a few pieces of information she shared: -training is sold along with the software, and is a key element to its success -the software includes over 3000 lessons -there is the ability to track progress of students -it does not need to be used on SMARTboard (though this enhances it); a data projector is sufficient for classroom instruction use -the software includes word banks for student/teacher use, as well as a search engine -many lessons explore different approaches to a mathematical concept (for example, five different ways to approach multiplication) -the entire Thames Valley District School Board has a license -Neufeld math prefers to sell licenses at a district level (it works out to roughly $25 per student) -licenses are lifetime, with upgrading included when available -students are recommended to work in triads, using the “flight plan” method of 1 driver, 1 recorder, and 1 task manager (pilot, navigator, co-pilot); also a student driver at the front of the room to allow teacher to circulate amongst students -Neufeld is working on other strands besides Numeration for grades K-3 -Cynthia’s e-mail is crutledge@neufeldmath.com and she recommended going to www.corr.neufeldmath.com to see how the software matches up with the curriculum (correlations). |

Math Assessment Tools | Due to the length of the Understanding Math presentation, all other agenda items were moved forward to the next Numeracy Committee meeting. Members did stay after the presentation to discuss a few items, as reported below. PD planning for Numeracy Nets: Webinar is scheduled for Feb. 25th or March 11 Teacher use?: Ideas for ONAP implementation: |

CAT/Insight Testing | Follow up on participation: |

Math contest (Caribou) | Upcoming dates/Classes involved: Yesterday’s results: Teachers were given copies of their school’s Caribou results, as well as certificates to share with the students who participated in the contest. |

ILT Literacy/Math Night on November 26th | Report on how it went: |

ECG Math Night | There was no information to share about this. |

Explore Learning Teacher Passwords | Comments/concerns/feedback: PD opportunity update: Explore Learning has been contacted and are available for a half day or after school PD session. |

Mathville 1 | Comments/concerns/feedback?: |

Math Trek 4,5,6 | Mr. Hickey handed out copies of this software for each school to have. |

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