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First math residency held at LVS

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Jennifer Roy (left) and her daughter Sarah (Middle) along with Destiny Deerlove, all taking part in some math games as part of LVS' Math Residency Tuesday night. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

Jennifer Roy (left) and her daughter Sarah (Middle) along with Destiny Deerlove, all taking part in some math games as part of LVS' Math Residency Tuesday night. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

A first of many.

Portage la Prairie School Division (PLPSD) held a first-ever Math Residency for teachers, and even the parents and students, of La Verendrye School (LVS) to start this week. 

“We applied for a grant to help us with funding with something like this, and because of it we were able to bring in Jane and John Fellin of Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks to discuss math education Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday,” says Patti Lawrence, numeracy coach for the PLPSD. "Monday was a professional development day and Jane spoke with K-4 teachers while John took Grades 5 to 8."

The Fellins were then sent to classrooms throughout Tuesday and Wednesday so every teacher could experience and watch the class be led. Lawrence says substitute teachers were also brought in so LVS' teachers wouldn't have an issue sitting in on a lesson. Tuesday also welcomed family night which 70 people took in. It included some pizza and math games.

“The feedback from staff has been really good,” adds Lawrence. “We're already looking at materials that we can purchase to carry out what has been shown. We're also hoping to get some feedback from the parents when they try some of the games they learned at home.”

Lawrence says along with the speakers, the grant will also help to purchase some teaching aids for the staff. She wants to set another one up at a different school in Portage later this school year.

About the Speakers

Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks is a leading pre-Kindergarten to Grade 10 consulting and publishing company specializing in games and teaching strategies for classrooms across North America.

The company publishes a wide variety of award-winning math and literacy game books appropriate for primary pre-Kindergarten to 3, upper-elementary and middle-year students.



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