So i’m working on this math project which I don’t really want to write about just yet…but I will at some point!
At a meeting last week and another today there was some information shared about how the new Ontario math curriculum came to be. It was fascinating to me to learn about the research that went into figuring out what to put in, what to move here and there, what to eliminate. I know a lot of people have lamented the fact that “teachers have not been consulted!” But I’m learning just how many teachers were consulted and how many educators were deeply involved in this process. I think some people are under the impression that the actual Minister of Education has whipped up a few documents in his basement one night and, um, well…he didn’t. Here is a video about the process.
The research that was done before the curriculum was written involved looking at curriculum documents from around the world, analyzing their content, their organization and research about the implementation of that curriculum. The research around how children learn math and what and when they should learn it was also considered.
I know a lot of teachers are feeling a lot of trepidation about this new curriculum. I think the timing of it’s release and implementation is the main complaint. I agree – it’s a weird time for us all to figure out how to do something new that could wait. We’ll be consumed by figuring out how to do new things, like keeping our students physically distant and/or teaching online, that can’t wait. It will be tricky and stressful to also figure out a new curriculum, which does have some significant changes from the old one. It’s overwhelming to think about it all! But I get excited about math things so I’m not feeling that, which is probably why I comfortably signed up to be part of a huge math project on top of my Master’s courses and full time teaching and full time parenting.