Location: Delta Hotel Toronto Airport & Conference Centre in Toronto
Theme: Connected by Complexity & Design
April 6, 2019 – Pre-Conference Workshops (optional)
April 7 – 9, 2019 – National Leaders Conference
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Monday, April 8 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Roundtable Discussion 1: Bringing Inquiry to Blended Learning in Elementary Mathematics

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45 minute session

One of the biggest disruptors and greatest areas of potential within independent school education is personalization. As educators, we understand that each individual learns differently, yet the traditional structures in our schools confine our abilities to differentiate instruction. Blended learning is emerging as an approach to differentiation. Throughout the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, a group of Junior School educators (teachers and technology integrators) at The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) engaged in a CAIS research project to better understand how educators can use blended learning to personalize mathematics learning in the junior grades. In this session for the 2019 National Leaders Conference, members of the research team will share highlights from the research process, significant findings and further questions for investigation.

The research team had long been aware and had made use of many technology applications to enrich instruction. The pedagogical underpinnings of these programs, however, are based on a traditional approach to math learning that utilizes a direct instruction or 'drill and kill' methodology. As a school, BSS has articulated within our Culture of Powerful Learning that it is important to match the educational pedagogy with the intended student outcome and that, primarily, an inquiry approach to education allows for the development of a deep understanding of concepts and content. If we believe that a social constructivist approach to learning is valuable for sustained understanding, it is important to develop approaches to blended learning that are consistent with current educational beliefs. In our session, we hope to continue the dialogue around best practices for personalization by discussing with others how to best develop an approach to blended learning that aligns with an inquiry stance to teaching mathematics.


Radhika Raj

Teacher, The Bishop Strachan School
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Rachel Hughes

Vice Principal, The Bishop Strachan School
Rachel Hughes has been an educator in various schools and settings over the last 19 years. She has taught Grades 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 in Vancouver, Calgary, Mexico and Toronto. For the past two years, Rachel has been the Vice Principal of the Junior School at The Bishop Strachan School... Read More →

Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm EDT
Plaza Ballroom AB

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