Catherine Tang's Writing

Catherine Tang's Writing

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The Things that Matter

Over the last few weeks, I've had the opportunity to be part of a Japanese-style Lesson Study cycle centred around Algebraic Thinking. I've enjoyed it for a number of reasons: Having time to consider big picture questions as opposed to putting out everyday fires...

The Curriculum

This last month of blogging (almost) daily has been a time of great reflection for me, but it's also been a time of great discomfort - of seeing gaps in my teaching and sometimes feeling at a loss to close those gaps. Something that I have enjoyed immensely over the...

Confidence

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to talk briefly with Shauna Pollock (@misspollock), author of Creating Classroom Magic. I got the book in the mail just before March Break and I've been loving it so far. I have always had an affinity for all things Disney, though I...

Hard Work and Technique

My husband and I really enjoy watching "The Mind of a Chef". The season we are currently watching features Gabrielle Hamilton, the chef and owner of Prune, a restaurant in NYC. Something that I love about watching chef/foodie shows is seeing each chef's dedication to...

To rubric or not to rubric?

During the #ONEdMentors radio show tonight, @jkervs (who happens to have been my grade 8 teacher!) mentioned how using rubrics can sometimes impede on creativity. It's ironic, though, because - for some reason - many think of rubrics as this golden assessment tool...

Redesigning Schools

As was reflected in my posts, I spent quite a bit of time over the March Break reflecting on the notion of school. I was really interested to see what my students thought, so yesterday morning, after some post-break catch up, I invited them into the conversation. We...

Books to Read

Like many others out there, I have an immensely long list of books that I would like to read. Some of them are professional, others are purely for pleasure, and still others are to grow my knowledge in areas of interest. One of my goals during this break was to finish...

Getting outside

It seems March Break has given me lots of time to ponder our school system and the pros and cons of what it currently looks like. As I was on a walk today in the woods behind our subdivision (yes, that may seem like a bit of an oxymoron, but I assure you there are...

Play and Creativity

While at the library today, I picked up a book called "made to play!", which was chockfull of ideas for handmade toys and crafts. Growing up, I loved designing, creating, and making. I loved pom poms and pipe cleaners, glitter glue and art kits. Our family didn't...

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