Problem Solving and Numeracy Tasks: How can we build skill and Resilience in grades 4-8?

We'll start by examining the current draft of the 4-8 Numeracy Proficiencies that are part of the Ministry of Education's Performance Standards rewrite and discuss: what do we notice? Wonder? Where are our students on this continuum? Next we'll look at ways to incorporate what works in Literacy (specifically non-fiction reading and writing strategies) to build our students' skill and resiliency with Problem Solving and Numeracy Tasks. We'll try out activities and strategies from Arthur Hyde's "Comprehending Math" and Amanda Jansen's "Rough Draft Math". Masters of all activities will be provided.

Target Audience

Elementary school teachers (K-7)

To Bring/Important Notes

Please bring a highlighter and a copy of the Draft of the BC Numeracy 4-8 Proficiency Benchmarks document and Robert Kaplinsky's 'Student sample of 6 Tries' (under 'Resources'). Resources used in the workshop will be posted after the workshop.


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • Self-employed numeracy consultant
    Jeannie DeBoice

    Jeannie DeBoice taught for 35 in Sooke District on Vancouver Island, teaching grades Kindergarten to 6. From 2004 - 2012 she was Sooke’s Numeracy coordinator during which time she completed her Masters in Curriculum (Elementary mathematics focus). She recently retired as Vice-Principal of Curriculum and Learning for Sooke School District and now teaches math pedagogy at UVIC, advises for the Ministry of Education and works as a Numeracy Consultant.