# Anderson Elementary School

*Bringing Together the Anderson Community*

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Working with our School Story committee, teachers from all 26 divisions posed 4 questions to their students. Depending on the grade level, adaptations were needed for each question as we searched for authentic responses on how our students were feeling about Mathematics, Collaborating with others on Mathematics and their impressions on our Community.

We have listed the responses to each question with kindergarten responses first, followed by increasing grades, with grade 7 responses being listed last. We have shared two of questions and the responses from students. From the responses below, it is easy to see that Anderson students have many ideas regarding the purpose of mathematics. Anderson students have also clearly identified an overwhelming positive response to collaborating with others with mathematics. This helps us to identify our hunch that creating more community (collaborative) based activities in math would be both beneficial for learning and fun for our students.

1)**How do you feel and think about the purpose of mathematics**

In our class

On papers

When cooking

Make bigger numbers

Make math with blocks to add

Different numbers

Counting by 2s, 3s, 10s

Counting feet (solving problems like how many feet are in our class)

Counting numbers

Math at the beach, writing in the sand

Making numbers our of seaweed

Counting flowers

In the shop, the money and stuff, counting coins and bills

Playing Splat

Counting blocks

Number wall in classroom

Shapes on our calendar

“I buy the robot”

Counting fish (On our calendar) Counting trees

At school

Home - iPad

Games - Board games, dice games, bowling

Counting - Hide and seek, calendar, writing

Connection of math to the core competencies: thinking for cooking.

Counting, ordering, ingredients.

Calendar

At home math workbook

We use math during classroom time

To power on our brains

When you work in a shop and count money

We use math during play

We see math everywhere! On TV, in the classroom, at home, at piano lessons, on my iPad, in books

We use math at the store to buy things

We use math to learn new things

Communication - during math centres

We use our thinking skills to solve problems

See math: timer, hundred chart, number line on wall, ruler, everything (are all shapes)

Use communication to communicate

Critical thinking of how to do math and get the answers

Tell, share about math, communication skills

Math centres, at school, math test

Thinking - I get ideas from others when I ask for help or solve problems together

In stories

Everywhere! My collection of clothes and books, I count them

I measure my food

My appetite - how many bites are left

In my homework - I have to do so many questions, it’s hard so I have to try different strategies

Thinking because it’s hard so I have to try different strategies

Communication - I get ideas from others by listening, then I tell mine at math talk

Money

Measure (rulers)

In science - when we look at graphs

When we think about how to solve problems

When we work with partners, we communicate

In stories

Everywhere! My collection of clothes and books, I count them

I measure my food

My appetite - how many bites are left

In my homework - I have to do so many questions, it’s hard so I have to try different strategies

Thinking because it’s hard so I have to try different strategies

Communication - I get ideas from others by listening, then I tell mine at math talk

On peut voir mathématiques quand ___ écrit les fractions sur le tableau

On voit math quand on écrit les fractions

Mathématiques est important parce que tu peux pratiquer

On utilise mathématiques dans fractions et dans les livres et dans notre vie

On vois mathématiques dans les livres, la nature et les magasins

C’est important parce que tu peux participer

When we buy or sell something (shopping). Like tax, sales.

Time in a day, hours, minutes,

Cooking and baking.

Measuring how many meters of paint do we need for this wall?

During PE/excercise.

When you need it - for a quiz

When we buy things

So you know how much change you need at the store

To sell stuff - buying a pencil and book from the bookstore

In education - “You start with the basics and practice to do harder math”

In jobs (e.g., for packaging items)

Knowing which trip of math is best for answering the question (e.g., addition vs multiplication)

“When you pay in a shop - at a restaurant like how much you have to pay”

“At home, I do math”

“In everyday life, school, shopping, games, texting”

“How many dots on a window - can use times tables”

“When you’re giving out goodie bags and count how many people to give one to”

“Counting money faster by using times tables”

“In the classroom - how many students?”

“In the LottoMax - you could win MaxMillions.”

Shopping (counting products, adding prices and calculating total cost and change)

Coding on an iPad

Getting measured for new clothing

Counting and calculating amounts of materials for crafting in video games

Classroom number lines and other posters/visuals at school

Reading scales on maps

Cooking

In math class

Everywhere

When you ask for something, need to say how many

time

When you buy something, in a shop

Measurement

Reading - page number

Making money

Making cake

Grocery store - taxes, change, discount

Furniture - location, space, area

Critical thinking - logical

Money: in person/games

Thinking core competency: solving problems

Communicating: explain process

while shopping

“Everywhere” - outside, fractions, when observing nature

In music

In classroom

When we buy items (adding up totals)

When planning decorate our door - lots of math for measuring things

Need lots of math to do our job

When planning for a party - How many items we need?

Restaurants - when ordering/totals

Buying bunch of stuff - need to estimate (we are not walking calculators)

We see numbers all around our classroom

Rubiks Cubes

Communication: we communicate our ideas in groups

Creative thinking: we build on each others ideas when solving problems

We use communication to share our math thinking with others

You need thinking to solve problems

If someone gives you the wrong change, you have to be able to communicate their error

Creative thinking, if you share an idea, others might get ideas

Personal responsibility, you have to ask Qs

I see math in the grocery store

Reading maps

Baking

Knitting

Math

Archery

Calendar

Core competencies: word problems, Rubik’s cubes, video games, Roblox, Asking for help with math problems, grocery store check out

Costco, TNT, McDonals, school, math books, jobs

When you’re working in a group, communicating, sharing ideas, are vital to become successful

**How do you feel and think about collaborating in mathematics**

I can work with anyone

More challenges

More group interaction: all together learning

Practice at school

Everyone paying attention

Working together

Quiet/peace

Communication

Skilled, focused peers that help you learn

People that get to know you

I like working with my friends because I know them well

I like working with someone who is smarter than me so they can help me or teach me different strategies

Sometimes I like to work with my friends but I could get distracted by them

I like how *teacher* will put us in random math groups so we work with different people

My teacher - teaches me new stuff, nice, help me learn

Friends - to solve problems, more fun

Sometimes working alone, thinking time

Good listeners

Turn taking in conversations

Friends who understand each other

Active thinkers

Discipline and effort / staying on task

Friendly and kind behaviour

Discussion, not argument

Having a “we not me” attitude

I like working with people that make me feel included

People that help me stay focused

Warm people who encourage me

“I like doing math with ___ because I like to sit with him. He’s good at math. He’s quiet so I can do my work.”

“I enjoy working with someone who helps me if I am having trouble.”

“People that don’t distract me are goof to have in a math group.”

“Teamwork makes a good math group and also understanding and productiveness.”

“I like working with my friends so I can help them”

Three people so there’s lots of people to help each other”

“I like working with __ because he’s ay my level. Someone who’s not at my level might not understand.”

“A good group is one that works together and understands you”

“I pick someone who’s not at my level so I can try to help them level up.”

My dad

My mom, grandma, friends, brothers, sisters, everybody in my house

Good group - people who like you and help you

I like to get ideas from peers

I like math talk

I like to work with any person. They have different strategies so I could learn from them too!

I enjoy doing math with my friends

A good math group is one that helps each other

Friends

Family

Table mates

Teacher

Friends

Family

Teachers

Yourself

Make it easier to try new things

Feeling safe with these people

They make it fun

They make it happy

We can learn new things from others

Kind people

Collaborative people

Friendly people

People who listen to ideas

People who take their work seriously and don’t play around

Friends that stay on subject

An inclusive team

Different types of math levels on the team

Teamwork (makes the dream work

One person doesn’t take over

Don’t judge when mistakes are made

Different people share different ideas

Work as a team

Positive attitude

All included, all ideas heard

Encouraging each other

Collaborating to solve problems

Help others who don’t understand

Explain ideas when someone doesn’t understand

I like to work with some friends because I can share math ideas

I like working with __ because we communicate well

A good math group is people communicating with each other and helping each other

We share ideas and collaborate

If you work togethers, it’s a good group

You let other people share their ideas and can learn new and interesting ideas

___ said with ___ cause he’s nice

I like being with ___ because I can concentrate

I like working with __ because he’s at my table and he’s next to me and we work very goodly

I like being with ___ because she helps me concentrate and learn and tells me the ideas like 5+3=8 and I didn’t know that before

My friend helps me

When you’re alone, you have more fun

Makes math more fun, encourages me, helps me

I like teaming up because someone needs help

My friends- because they support when I need help

My family because they figure out how I learn.

A good math group listens to the one who is talking, when we share ideas, when we help our classmates who need help, when we teach new strategies, when we use math materials, when we add new ideas in small groups.