News from Sudbury Catholic Schools
 
 
SCS Home > News


St. Charles Elementary Math Buddies

January 18, 2016 - Students at St. Charles Elementary tried a new way to solve math problems recently. As a part of the school goals, students in all grades got together for Math Buddies.

Principal David Soehner explained that "as one of the SIPSA (school improvement plan for student achievement) goals for this year, St. Charles Elementary teachers identified that they wanted to focus learning in mathematics around the math processes of communication and problem solving. To improve how students communicate in mathematics, a problem solving template was developed to guide students through answering all the parts of a question. The concept of 'math buddies' was created, where older students get together with younger students to work through a math problem every week, using the template and math manipulatives".

Students in the older grades helped their younger buddies identify what they already know from the question, what they still need to know, how they are going to represent it in pictures and an equation as well as formulating the response in a sentence. Student Achievement Officer, Michelle Walton, with the Ministry of Education explained that "It was great to see how the older students really had the younger students work through the math problem".

Brent Peplinski, a grade 7/8 teacher at the school said that his students also benefitted from the buddies by sharing in the younger students enthusiasm to do math, and his students came back all smiles!

"We are going to measure the results of Math Buddies using a pre and post task at the end of a 9 week cycle. We expect that students will improve in their ability to problem solve and communicate in mathematics." explained Soehner.

Share


 

More stories in the news...

•  St. Francis receives visit from Trillium!
•  International Students celebrate with end of year party!
•  Boys’ with Braids event aims to bring cultural awareness and sensitivity training to youth at St. Benedict
•  St. Albert Adult Learning Centre hosts Provincial conference
•  St. Charles College Student Wins Business Plan Challenge!
•  In honour of our employees - 2018 Retirement Dinner!
•  Sudbury Catholic Schools receives visit from Anphat Investment & Consultancy Agency
•  Phoenix is a big deal around St. Benedict’s
•  St. Benedict students are embracing the universal language of coding!
•  St. Benedict heads to Chicago for Business
•  Class helps build community garden!
•  St. Benedict student wins Best Crown Advocate
•  SCC Teacher to be inducted in Greater Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame
•  Bear Necessities campaign for Hospice wraps up
•  Turning points Essay Contest Winners honoured at annual event
•  Families come together to read and learn on Catholic Education Week
•  Students participate in Catholic Youth Day during Catholic Education Week
•  Secondary Students Dominate at Skills Ontario Competition
•  St. Benedict Pow wow educates locals and internationals alike
•  Holy Trinity School Holds Special Mass to Honour Catholic Education Week
•  St. James School Hosts Math Fair for Grade 4 and 5 Students!
•  Students complete DELF Testing for 2018
•  STEM Club at St. Benedict wins 2018 Clean Air Sudbury Contest!
•  St. Charles College completes outstanding production of Aladdin Jr!
•  St. David hosts Children's Mental Health Week Proclamation!
•  Immaculate holds May is for Mary assembly to begin Catholic Education Week!
•  Marymount Academy hosts successful first annual Walk, Bike or Run Fun Day!
•  Renewing the Promise: Sudbury Catholic Schools Honour Catholic Education Week!
•  Bathrooms in St. Charles Chelmsford get an inspirational makeover!
•  Summer school credits for secondary students
•  Secondary Students Walk for Water!
•  Life Skills Students at St. Benedict
•  Recreating the smell of fruits in Chemistry

 
  © 2018 Sudbury Catholic Schools. All rights reserved