The excitement and passion for 21st Century teaching and learning at WCDSB is tangible. Recognizing that we are charged with ensuring our students are achieving at their highest potential in a 21st Century world, WCDSB educators have committed to developing strategies that focus on the importance of extending beyond traditional methods of learning into deep learning pedagogies.
During 2016-17, many of our junior division students and teachers adopted a focused initiative on the renewed math strategy that used a variety of digital tools and virtual learning environments to collaborate and creatively communicate ideas to authenticate audiences. Digital literacy has been an extended focus for WCDSB, and website design with a focus on different careers that applied geometry concepts, were student-generated. WCDSB’s educators co-planned lessons to build knowledge about mathematics instruction designed to improve student learning and achievement. Digital tools were used to accelerate and demonstrate student learning and to generate and share new knowledge artefacts. Technology was utilized to the fullest, and Padlets (interactive software used for collaboration) were used to enable idea sharing of real world problems involving transformational geometry. Student thinking was elevated to the degree where students could be heard suggesting that a medical researcher could study diseases by looking at how it effects a molecular structure.
WCDSB educators value student voice, and student video interviews were a key in capturing the true essence of this initiative’s success. Assessment data also indicates significant student learning occurred related to geometry and spatial sense, with students in most schools who had scored low on the pre-test seeing significant improvement.