Making Sense of Math

Professor Trevor Brown was guest speaker at the special Ward 10 meeting a couple of weeks ago.  His talk on “Making Sense of Math” was very enlightening.

As parents we want the best for our children particularly when it comes to their education.  We cross our fingers and hope they get the best teacher, best program, best grades to get into the best school… ‘Best’ is a relative term however, and, in terms of learning, is different for everyone. Turns out there is more than one method to answer any given question or problem. In fact there is often more than one answer. It’s all about perspective, creativity and thinking outside of the box.

Anyone can memorize their Time Tables but understanding the methodology and meaning behind them will develop a deeper understanding and create a firm foundation for next level learning.  The idea of mental math strategies and other research based learning techniques are changing how math is being (or should be) taught.

In the words of Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, and the faculty director of ‘youcubed’ (see link below):

  1.  Everyone can learn math to the highest levels
  2. Mistakes are valuable
  3. Questions are really important
  4. Math is about creativity and making sense
  5. Math is about connections and communicating
  6. Depth is much more important than speed
  7. Math class is about learning not performing

Any child can succeed and learn to actually enjoy math, we just need to put in some effort and provide encouragement.  If the educational system hasn’t yet mathematically enlightened your child then perhaps these Professor Brown approved links below can help.

Youcubed -Math course

Canadian Math Kangaroo

Math Forum at NCTM




Halloween Bake Sale Tomorrow!

A little reminder that the Bake Sale is tomorrow.


Load up the kids with looooonies and tooooonies so they can buy a few of the gooooodies over the lunch period, afternoon recess or after school.

Bring your nut-free treats in to the teachers’ lounge or the Drop-In Centre first thing in the morning.  If you label your containers you can pick them up at the end of the day in the front foyer.

Thank you very much!

All proceeds will go to the School Council.


Halloween Swap is Baa-aack!


Our lovely friends at the Garrison Creek Daycare have been busy hanging up costumes for the wildly popular annual Halloween Swap.

Bring in a clean, gently used costume and trade it for another. We are the one-stop-drop-off-and-shop destination for all of your Halloween costume needs!


Halloween Bake Sale


One of our School Council parents, Linda, has decided to organize a Bake Sale with a spooky Halloween theme.

It will be held on Friday October 27th over the lunch period, afternoon recess and after school in the main foyer.

Whether you can find the time to make a few cupcakes or pick up a tray of store bought cookies, you will help raise funds for the School.


Bring your creepy creations in on the Friday morning and drop them off in the teachers’ lounge by the office, or in the Drop-In Centre on the main floor across from Room 2.  Just remember that all treats should be nut-free.

Don’t forget to label your containers!

Thank you!

Making Sense of Math

Trustee Ausma Malik and the TDSB Ward 10 Council is pleased to invite you to a special Ward Council Meeting – Making Sense of Math on Thursday October 19th from 6pm – 8pm at Dewson Street Public School, 65 Concord Ave.

The keynote speaker is Professor Trevor Brown, who will answer the questions “why is math being taught the way it is today?” and “how can we help our kids succeed in math in a fun and engaging way”.

Child care is provided and refreshments will be served.

Zero Waste Lifestyle

Looking to get started on a Zero Waste Lifestyle in Toronto? Join Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home, renowned speaker, author and a leader in the zero waste movement in Toronto this fall! Bea, her husband and her two kids managed to produce just one mason jar of waste in an entire year by using strategies and forethought that everyone can adopt, saving 40% of their annual budget at the same time.

Date: October 26, 2017, 7-8:30pm
Location: Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto, ON M5G 1B1

The evening will include a talk, panel discussion and Q&A session.  Tickets $10  For details please visit Bea Johnson Lecture

Also, there’s a more intimate event on the 27th at 9-10:30AM at the Centre for Social Innovation at 720 Bathurst. St.  Bea Johnson will be interviewed by local author and Now Magazine column writer Adria Vasil (Ecoholic). This one is a free event. Just have to register to attend.  For more information please visit Bea Johnson Interview