Thursday, February 27, 2014

Math Makes Sense with Marian Small

What a lovely seminar that Marian Small delivered last night. She is, in my opinion a leading inspiration for Mathematics Teachers. She outlined the most popular math tools being used today – Ten Frames, lego, base ten blocks. Linking cubes, square tiles, Fraction cubes and pattern blocks. She mentioned that there is more emphasis on Estimation in Math now a days. She used a good example which is:

If we add 2 numbers together to equal 43 and we know one of the numbers is in the 20s…what must the other number be?  The answer we would like the students  to come up with is ‘20ish’ or a number in the 20s.

More attention is being spent on other topics such as Patterning, the ‘Equal sign’ and Algebra with more focus on Problem Solving. It is important for the students to figure it out rather than being shown how first. If you figure something out you tend to remember it better than if someone shows you. This way we spend more attention on understanding ideas so that they last.

Parents can support their children in Math by talking and using numbers in a fun way – use ‘Number play.’ Some examples include..

Choose a number
Double it
Add 4
Double that
Add 8
Divide by 4

You can guess the number that the person began with by asking the final answer and then you minus 4 and you will get the number that they started with guaranteed! Kids love this…They don’t know how you do it and it gives them practice with mental math!

Play ‘How Many’
For example. Say to your children “I’m wondering how many spoons we have in the house? (good for estimation) “I’m wondering how many steps there are from one floor to the next floor?” “I’m wondering how many trees there are on the street.” “All oranges have the same number of sections. I wonder if this is true? How many sections do you think are in an orange.”

The answer is 10. Guess what the question is.

I added some numbers and the answer was almost 200. What could they have been?

2,000,000 cm (squared)….Is this really big or really small?

Dice Game
Each person rolls 2 dice – The score is 2 times one value plus the other value. Objective of the game is the first person to 100 points wins.

Dice game
Decide on an operation (+  -   divide, x)
Predict the number you will get if you perform this operation on the two numbers that roll on the dice.
Objective – to get as close to the number you predicted because the closest to their number wins.

Additional Resources:

Board Game ‘24’


Monday, January 13, 2014

Juried Art Show

I am excited to say that my Art was accepted into the Juried Art Show to be held at  beginning January 16 through to February 22, 2014. The piece which I entered was developed as part of my newborn series. The awards and opening reception will take place January 16th, 6-8pm. Please come and join in, meet the other artists - there are many artists with fantastic works. I look to teach the elements and principles of design and hope to include this as part of my routine in the classroom. You may view my art at

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Artisan Marketplace

After successfully completing the first Non-Objective Art course with Bianka Guna I am thriving in the second Non-Objective Art course by Bianka as well. I have been working very diligently and have made great efforts to create great works. I developed so many that I entered my work into the Juried Artisan Marketplace last weekend and had some good results. I enjoyed spending time with my fellow Artists and chatting with friends. Here are some of the pieces which I sold.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Abstract Art Results

How wonderful a new idea grows with the proper amount of inspiration!

I thoroughly enjoyed the Non-Objective Art Course which I successfully participated in through Visual Arts Mississauga . The instructor
 is phenomenal. She used various teaching techniques to successfully get the point across. It was definitely an experiential learning exercise where Bianka used demonstrations and technology in the studio and she gave every student the opportunity to participate and practice. Her critiques were kind and informative and educational to all of the participants. She is a ‘go to’ person.

Here are some examples of my work.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Abstract Art

I am taking a course on Non – Objective Art by Bianka Guna at Visual Arts Mississauga and I'm finding it to be very enlightening in that it has opened my eyes to understand what "Abstract Art" is or how to understand Abstract Art and more importantly how to create "Abstract Art." There is a 'science' to it and once you discover it you can use all of your knowledge and ideas to create beautiful pieces. I am embarking on a new voyage with my Art and so far I like it! It can be serene, powerful, complex, multi-layered and more.

The following is a brief review of Abstract Artists' work based on the given websites.

She believes that the piece should not allude to any brush work or any clue to how it was made. The piece of art should be created in one fell swoop so that it all looks apart of each other and together …all made at the same time.

- Painted for Seagram’s

He committed suicide after having dealt with some bad emotional problems.

He used big all encompassing colours that were very powerful usually using very little spaces of white.

He liked to pour the paint onto the enormous surfaces. He tried working on glass and used ‘foreign objects’ such as nails, string, broken glass… He wanted to become a part of the painting so he painted on the floor so that he could walk all around the painting to view it from all angles.

He first used acrylic paint and discovered that different colours of paint had different densities so that certain colours would rise up to the surface and others would recede, making a beautiful flow of colours that any imagination could dream of.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Back to School

Hello and welcome back to my blog at this time of the year again. I will be involved with a Reading Intervention Program at a school as well as continuing to tutor. I look forward to helping students increase their reading ability and fluency through strategic techniques.

Reading is so important that everybody should learn to read especially at a young age. Beginning in Kindergarten students are introduced to reading in various ways through modelled reading, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading. Using the  Dolch Sight Words can help the students read whereby they learn to memorize the words 'by sight.' Once they remember most of these words their reading excels and if their curiosity is piqued they are off to the races. The students' interest in reading must be fueled by encouragement and positive support so that the student will develop a natural enthusiasm to read on their own.

Friday, June 28, 2013


Life as an Educator brings many opportunities outside of the school. For example, tutoring has been my staple this year with 5 students whom I've been tutoring in English and Mathematics. Over the course of this year and since last year I helped one of my students increase his writing mark by almost 10% to a 79 on his last report card. I'm hoping that this time he will have made it over the hump and achieved an A (80s). I have designed programs specific to the students' needs and learning abilities/styles. Other students are being tutored on class material only and extensions to this. I find it very rewarding and the results are excellent. I have received good feedback. For example, one of the comments from one of my students wrote "Thank you for teaching me all these wonderful things, your enthusiasm is very positive."