Melanie White is the English Instructional Coach and Robin Small is an ELL Coach in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board.
Last week, we walked down the hallways of John McCrae Secondary School with 8 colourful helium balloons and students couldn't help but engage with us. They asked if we were having a party, if it was someone's birthday, and they smiled as we passed. We observed that balloons attract student attention.
Bring a bunch of helium filled balloons into a classroom and watch students engage with trigonometry to solve a mystery.
We recently had the fortune of observing students in a lesson study, who read an article and used math concepts to solve a mystery related to a helium balloon accident on a farm.
We wanted to collaborate on this blog post to include the voice of the math teacher, Brad Pinhey.