Last week I spent five days at Math Camppp. Camppp is an acronym for:
This was my first Cammp. It is organized by MathGains which is part of EduGains, an organization funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education. There were 150 people at Camppp And there is another camppp in August. How awesome is that?
There are so many themes discussed and collaborated on here. Fractions were the content area which was woven through all the themes. I learned more about fractions, reaching identified children through differentiation, balanced assessment, three-part lesson planning (who knew how many applications there are!), education research in Ontario and much more.
Of particular interest was listening to the researchers and making connections between research & Ministry directives. Researchers like Dr. Marion Small, Dr. Cathy Bruce, and Dr. Christine Suurtaam. I also really enjoyed learning from teachers who have moved into coach or Ministry roles. I am revisiting the idea of a Masters again and my mind is churning with ideas: mathematics, neurology & education, inquiry-based learning….there are so many options.
I was also reminded of how Professional Development is best when it is interest driven (teacher’s interest, not DSBs), collaborative and classroom imbedded. I am fortunate to be leading a Teacher Leadership Learning Programme this year. My topic is mathematics PD within the school. With teachers co-planning, co-teaching, reflecting and modifying and developing solid three part lesson plans together.
Math Camppp had the right mix of plenary and breakout sessions with hands-on activities to take back to the classroom, deep reflection, questioning time and relaxation time.
Here are some photos of our breakout session work.