For those of you in the Fort St. John, BC area, I will be doing a workshop here at the SD#60 Board Office on October 13. Registration is free to SD#60 employees (teachers, TOC’s. EA’s, ASW’s); for others there is a cost of $25 for the session.
Creating toolkits with students is a wonderful way for them to develop a mindset of using concrete and visual things to help them understand and talk about mathematical concepts. Manipulatives and tools are less effective if brought out by the teacher only for the occasional lesson. It is much more powerful if tools are available to the students every day for solving problems, part of the norm, not an “add on”.
I hope you get a chance to join us for the session and build a sample toolkit.