Focus on Math

Helping children become mathematicians!

About Me February 10, 2011

Hi and welcome to my blog! My name is Carollee Norris and I am passionate about mathematics education! I believe deeply that students need to encounter mathematics in a way that allows them to make sense of it, to understand concepts, to manipulate numbers freely. I want students (and teachers) to love mathematics as much as I do, and that happens when they really get to get “messy” with the math.

After being first a classroom teacher and then the Numeracy Support Teacher for SD#60 in Fort St. John, BC, Canada, I am now a Mathematics Education Consultant working out of Comox, BC. I have been a sessional instructor for Simon Fraser University (SFU) teaching Designs for Learning Mathematics: Elementary. I served on the executive of the BC Association of Mathematics Teachers (BCAMT) for many years and present frequently at conferences and workshops around the province and in the US.

I hope you find some of my ideas interesting and useful, and I would love to hear from you! (My email address is

Mathematically yours,


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6 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Lynn Says:

    Bonjour Carollee I am soooooo impresss about your site I would recommend it to my colleagues. I am giving you a 10 stars on a 10 frame!!!!!!

    Have a great vacation and enjoy your well deserved rest!

    Way to go my friend!


  2. Dale B. Says:

    Hi Carollee!
    Love this new site! Just discovered it as I am putting toether a series of lesson plans for the grade 4 to 7 class I am teaching in (as student teacher). I am aready using it. MeeGwetch! Dale

  3. Johanne kemp Says:

    Hiya! Happy New Year 🙂

    Besides the long winded KeyMath screener have you ever heard of the screener “Leaps and Bounds”? It’s also available in French…


    • Hi Johanne, and Happy New Year to you, too!
      Leaps and Bounds, published by Nelson, should be a great intervention program! Although I have not looked at it in depth, I know the main author, Marian Small, by reputation. I use a number of her books. I can guarantee anything with her name on it will be top-notch!

  4. Johanne Says:

    Hi Carollee! It’s Johanne from Grande Prairie 🙂 Do you have some interesting thoughts and/or links that talk about “Quick Draws”?

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