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At 7:32pm on June 7, 2013, Ann-Marie Hunter said…
Hi Zara. Welcome to the Start UP! website and thank you for joining this group of early career teachers! I hope that you are excited about having access to other members ideas and that you are keen on starting up a discussion group yourself - something that will be helpful in your planning. I have been giving Math Workshops for PITA for a few years now and I am one of the presenters for the upcoming (August/September 2013) Staart UP! workshops being offered in Metro North, Metro South and Kamloops. The topics you have listed as areas of interest are exactly what I love to teach! I encourage you to check out the resources on this website where you will find much information about Math. In my workshops, I discuss a program that I have used widely for many years. It is called Power of Ten ( and I recommend it to you as a source of great ideas for teaching young people to become successful at exploring math skills and developing their skills. I see that you are interested in Grade 8 - 12 levels. I started out as a secondary math teacher and later transferred to intermediate grades. What I discovered through that experience is that secondary students who do not have a firm grasp on basic math skills and understandings will continue to struggle throughout their high school/post secondary years unless they are guided to address their areas of confusion and to build their confidence in Math. If you get a chance to check out, you will have access to many ways of helping students to explore numeracy that will bring them to a completely different level of motivation with mathematics. I'm interested in hearing your opinions on this topic. Perhaps we could find others who would like to discuss the ways they've inspired secondary math students. I look forward to the discussion!
At 5:20pm on June 5, 2013, Loretta Thorgeirson said…
Hi Zara.


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