The Book of Life: A Sequence Study

The Book of Life brings life and festivities to the dead!

With Halloween just around the corner, we thought we’d revisit an old favourite: The Book of Life. Bright, festive, and rich in Mexican culture and mythology, this movie speaks of death in a hopeful manner. It tells a tale about three young friends who grow up celebrating the tradition of November 2nd, otherwise known as the Day […]

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Independent learners, unite!

We all need a little help being independent. Credit: Mimi and Eunice/ Nina Paley

Remember that first thrill of excitement when you learned something new and that you could achieve it on your own? Now that’s something that we hope our kids experience for themselves, but how might we help them along towards independent learning? As independent learners, the process of acquiring new knowledge or a skill would be […]

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Number Lines and One Liners

The biggest math problem that Batman learns is that 1 is the loneliest number in the world, and family is everything!

“Black. All important movies start with a black screen. And music. Edgy, scary music that would make a parent or studio executive nervous. And logos, really long and dramatic logos…” Everything about the Lego Batman movie screams black and mathematics, from his impossible abs of 9, to the total amount of super villains he faces (we […]

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Adaptive learning – Learning that fits

Credit: Unearthed Comics/ Sarah Zimmerman

When was the last time you had to learn something new? How did that experience go? Each learner learns differently, so obviously a one-size-fits-all approach cannot be the best way to impart knowledge. Imagine a learning system that changes to fit your needs as a learner. That’s what adaptive learning is here to do! Adaptive […]

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Being Mindful About Math

Okay, it's not only students who look forward to school being over. Credit: Dale Neseman

Math doesn’t end in class. Now we would probably have realized that at some point back when we were in school, and some kids may already have. But in general, how can we educators lead young learners today to think about math as not only another subject in school, but as second nature; i.e. part […]

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