Often Occasional Teachers are called to teach a class which may not be in an area of curricular specialty. This is the section in which you will find those subject specific supports which will help you shine!

# Resources by subject

## Learning Mathematics vs. Following Rules (2007)

This four page article is from the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat’s ‘Research into Practice series.’ The main question asked in the article is, how can teachers help students acquire a deep understanding in mathematics? The author posits that we should be encouraging students at the primary level to use their own methods to solve problems rather than simply teaching algorithms. He goes on to suggest some strategies for encouraging children to find their own solutions.

## Student Interaction in the Math Classroom (2007)

This document is from the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat’s Research into Practice series. It focuses on how teachers can “support meaningful, high-quality interaction in the math classroom.” The four page article discusses the importance of moving from computation-based math questions to questions that require higher-order thinking. It also raises the issue of the challenges that teachers face in engaging students in complex math thinking. In order to meet those challenges strategies to encourage high-quality student interaction and guidelines for whole-class math talk are outlined.

## Steps in Solving a Math Problem

This K-6 reproducible checklist allows students to show that they have followed all of the steps in solving a math problem.

## Action Plan for Problem Solving

This resource is a graphic organizer for developing a teaching action plan. The example used is how to teach problem solving in math. The different facets of the plan are: establishing goals, ensuring focus, monitoring progress, setting short and long-term goals, and deciding what resources can support the teaching plan.

## Problem Solving Strategies Posters

These eight printable posters are useful for showing students the different methods they can use to solve problems in math: use concrete materials; act it out; draw a diagram; make a list; find a pattern; guess and check; use computation; and simplify the problem.

## Developing Math Literacy Grades 7-9 (2003)

This resource package from the Ministry of Education supports teachers in helping students reach their potential in math through a balanced mathematics program. The package is grounded in a research-based theoretical framework which is comprised of topics such as classroom management, differentiated instruction, flexible grouping, mental math and alternative algorithms, and student-centred investigations. The theory supporting the package is outlined in the document while the practical classroom resources can be found on the Ministry website at: Leading Math Success

Developing Math Literacy Grades 7-9, 2003

## Think Literacy Mathematics Subject-Specific Examples Grades 7-9

This Ministry of Education document outlines strategies for improving reading, writing, and oral communication skills in mathematics. There are numerous instructional supports and activities provided as well.

Think Literacy Mathematics Subject-Specific Examples Grades 7-9

## Illuminations

This website was created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The site contains standards-based lesson plans and unit plans. The 541, K-12 lessons are organized, and searchable, by grade and standard. Many of the lesson plans have links to activity sheets and math tools mentioned in the plan. There are also 102 math activities on the site, as well as links to 724 reviewed web resources.

## National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

This resource has web-based virtual manipulatives for use in K-12. Among the many online manipulatives available are base blocks, a pie chart, a spinner, tangrams, and a Geoboard. There is also a concept tutorial for each virtual manipulative.

## Understanding Math Word Bank

This site provides lists of words for your mathematics word wall or student math dictionaries. The words are organized into the following math topics: algebra, equations, exponents, fractions, graphing, measurement and geometry, percent, probability, whole numbers, and integers.