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Using concrete tools or objects matters for fostering mathematical development – but how can children best learn to count by 10? (Shutterstock)

How counting by 10 helps children learn about the meaning of numbers

Findings of a study suggest using a ‘hundreds chart’ showing numbers one through 100, beginning with one in the top-left corner, fosters children’s counting by 10s.
B.C. Premier David Eby signs a student’s cast as he visits a classroom to mark the opening of the new Bayview Community Elementary School, in Vancouver, B.C., April 13, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Why B.C. has ended letter grades for younger students

Parents need to directly hear from teachers and administrators via open houses or parent advisory councils to lift the fog of confusion and concern surrounding this change.
Working to understand and appreciate differences between western and Chinese approaches to education could contribute to the cross-cultural understanding we need to address global crises. (Shutterstock)

How Canadian and Chinese teachers’ reciprocal learning can benefit students

Teachers in Ontario elementary schools can learn from how teachers in China approach collaboration as subject area specialists, while Chinese teachers can learn about developing the whole child.
Early play-based learning helps children develop skills and knowledge before elementary school, and provides an essential foundation for learning in later years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Newly linked data can reveal academic development from kindergarten to high school in 150,000 students

A study following Ontario students between 2004 and 2012 can help policymakers ensure all students get the supports they need when they need them.
Many elementary school teachers in the U.S. are of ethnic or racial backgrounds different from their students. AP Photo/Steve Helber

Do elementary school students do better when taught by teachers of the same race or ethnicity? New research finds: Not that much

Calls to increase the diversity of the teacher workforce are unlikely to meaningfully address large racial and ethnic educational inequities, at least not during elementary school.
In elementary school, algebra involves using mathematical models to represent and analyze mathematical situations. (Shutterstock)

‘Numberless math’ gets kids thinking about and visualizing algebra

Working with moveable pictures can help children learn an algebra rule: Whatever you do to one side of the equation, you need to do to the other. Here’s how teachers or caregivers can lead this.
School trustees play an important role in shaping education, yet during election time voters often have little awareness of trustee candidates. (Shutterstock)

Even school boards are now experiencing severe political polarization

According to the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, far-right groups have been trying to stack school boards with candidates harbouring anti-equity ideologies.
Ontario’s elementary and secondary school curricula now include coding, a most basic aspect of learning programming. (Shutterstock)

Why elementary and high school students should learn computer programming

Teaching computer programming to youth can prepare them for the future job market, promote equity in tech professions and develop students’ computational thinking skills.

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