Using effective questions when talking about math, supports the development of your child’s mathematical reasoning. The use of questioning provides children with opportunities to share and clarify their ideas, draw conclusions, and explain and explore new strategies. With good intention, we often rush to provide our children all the information they need to solve a math problem. By giving your child this information too quickly, they may not think deeply about the problem or engage in mathematical processes.
Here is a list of questions you can ask to support your child’s mathematical thinking:
How did you solve the problem?
What did you do?
What strategy did you use?
How did you estimate what the answer could be?
What would happen if …?
Tell me what is the same? What is different?
How do you know?
How did you know where …?
How did you know which …?
How did you know when …?
How do you know your/our answer is reasonable?
Would this work every time? Can you/we think of any examples that don’t work?
Have you/we found all the possibilities? How do you/we know?
What have you/we discovered about __________ while solving this problem?
What have you/we learned?
Primary/Junior – Math Before Bed
Show your child an image and ask them “What do you notice? What are you wondering about?”. This promotes mathematical thinking – and then you can have them investigate one of their wonderings and come up with a solution. What a great time to ask them the questions above to really uncover what they are thinking!!
What do you notice?
What do you wonder?
(Image and problem taken from https://mathbeforebed.com/2018/04/26/broken-cracked/)
Junior/Intermediate – Would You Rather Math
On this site, there are a variety of scenarios that your child will be able to make a choice and use reasoning skills to justify their mathematical thinking.
All of our Wilshire students have been paired up with Buddy Classes. Older grade classes are paired up with students from Kindergarten to Grade 3/4 to help build our Community of Kindness, Empathy and Caring. Today, all of our Buddy Classes gathered for an assembly where they each shared their Team Chant. We also talked about our #KindnessChallenge for the next month which is “Giving Someone a Compliment”. All of our students did a fantastic job of sharing their chants and talking about how it feels to be kind to someone else. Ask your child about their Buddy, their Class chant and how they will be spreading kindness by complimenting others this month!
Due to the extreme cold weather warnings issued by Environment Canada, school bus and taxi transportation in York Region has been cancelled.
As outlined in Board Policy and Procedure #152, Extreme Weather, Inclement Weather and Emergency Conditions Days, principals/staff are reminded to:
- cancel all programs and workshops scheduled during the school day including, but not limited to, board arranged workshops, special events/conferences and in-school professional learning that requires occasional teachers. (Note: Licensed child care programs and before/after school programs may/may not remain open; this is up to the discretion of the provider.)
- cancel local transportation for trips and events taking place today.
Please note any examinations and/or tests scheduled for today are cancelled and will be rescheduled. Communication to affected students and staff is required.
When buses are cancelled in the morning, they are also cancelled for the afternoon. This means that if you plan to bring your child to school, you must also be available for pick up by dismissal time at 3:15.
Parents of students in SK who are interested in attending Grade 1 French Immersion, and who are living in the Forest Run, Carrville Mills, Thornhill Woods, Bakersfield, and Wilshire school areas, are invited to attend an information session at Ventura Park @ 7 pm in the Gym.
The Ventura Park team looks forward to meeting their new prospective students and their families tomorrow night.
Kindergarten registration will commence on January 18, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year. Registration forms are available on YRDSB’s website: . Children who turn four or five years old during 2019, live within the school boundary and whose parents are public school tax supporters will be eligible to register for kindergarten. A kindergarten information session for parents is being planned for this spring. Registration can also be completed online this year by going to bit.ly/KindergartenYRDSB. For more information please visit the YRDSB website or contact the Wilshire office at 905-889-6767.
The approved minutes from the December School Council Meeting can be found here:
Our School Council is looking for volunteers to help during the school day on February 14 for the Valentine’s Dance-a-thon fundraiser. If you are able to assist, please email email@example.com
Message from our Trustee
Happy 2019! I hope your holiday season was festive, and your vacation restful. I like to welcome this season with renewed enthusiasm, seeing it as a time for reflection at the year ahead, building upon our accomplishments of the past.
I am honoured to not only serve as your trustee, but also as Budget Chair, where I will work tirelessly to ensure that resources are directed to areas that best serve students and the continual improvement of public education. We have exciting initiatives in the works. The new Board of Trustees is filled with a varied set of skills and experience, driven to bring forward innovative ideas to York Region District School Board.
Schools are our children’s home away from home; in recent months I’ve had the opportunity to visit our schools, and see the wonderful work being done by our teachers and staff members. I’ve spoken with parents and teachers about ways we can collectively improve educational outcomes and support the priorities in the Trustees’ Multi-Year Strategic Plan:
- Foster well-being and mental health
- Build collaborative relationships
- Champion equity and inclusivity
- Empower ethical leadership
In the upcoming months, I will continue to engage with principals, school councils, parents and students about our journey ahead. Each and every individual’s insights are invaluable to strengthening our education system, and I look forward to achieving our goals together.
I’m always happy to hear your thoughts – and you can join the conversation on Twitter @david4thornhill.
Trustee, Markham Ward 1 – Vaughan Ward 5