Data and Schools: A Journey of Learning
Student population: 572; Grades: JK–8
- Byron Southwood Public School is in an urban setting and has a student population with a wide range of strengths and needs. The school takes pride in its strong parent and community involvement and their support of extracurricular activities.
- Many staff members have been teaching at Byron Southwood for more than five years.
“Knowing the importance of number sense to math understanding and reasoning, and analyzing EQAO questions, I now embed number sense across the program. Daily computational practice, like math games, is provided for students to consolidate their understanding of numbers and boost their confidence. I want students to enjoy math.”— Grade 6 educator
- Data Review: Staff members work together to analyze EQAO achievement data. They look at what students demonstrated in the knowledge, application and thinking questions and consider factors that may have affected student achievement. Teachers consider the connections between EQAO and report card data. Teachers also look at PRIME (Professional Resources and Instruction for Mathematics Educators) diagnostic data to inform instruction.
- Singular Focus: Staff members agree on a singular focus for the school goal. They also choose initiatives and evidence-informed instructional strategies with measurable effects. After considering EQAO survey results, the educators at Byron Southwood are pursuing a growth mindset around math learning for both students and teachers.
- Strong Attitudes: The staff know cultivating a love for math in students improves math achievement scores. Educators work to generate more conversations, more collaboration and more excitement about math by connecting it to the real world.
- Intentional Practice: Staff members devote time to monitoring learning conversations, common assessment practices, teacher collaboration and de-privatized practice; making student thinking visible; and celebrating successes. These efforts are part of their commitment to constant improvement of instructional practices.
Focus on Consolidation
Teachers work together to make math fun and use math games to create a safe space for students to practise. They provide students with many opportunities to see alternative strategies, and they build confidence through math games, gallery walks, small-group instruction and self-assessment.
Math assessments showed that students are more willing to take risks and make mistakes. Likewise, students are more willing to share during number talks, increasing their confidence and creating a positive attitude toward mathematics. By creating this safe space, teachers improved student enjoyment, which led to more conversations and consolidation of learning.
Focus on Multiple Representations
Teachers used the Concrete-Representational-Abstract model. By using concrete math tools, teachers became more comfortable demonstrating problem solving across a variety of concepts. Teacher learning occurred through ongoing professional development at staff meetings and moderation of assessments.
By using concrete materials intentionally in their daily practice, teachers have also modelled how these tools can help all learners. This method helped students visualize and understand math concepts, and choose appropriate math tools.
Sudbury Secondary School, Rainbow District School Board
Maxwell Heights Secondary School, Durham District School Board
M.M. Robinson High School, Halton District School Board
Elmira District Secondary School, Waterloo Region District School Board
St. Francis Xavier High School, Ottawa Catholic District School Board
John McCrae Secondary School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School, Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School, Sudbury Catholic District School Board
Pine Grove Public School, District School Board of Niagara
St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School, Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Sister Catherine Donnelly Catholic School, Simcoe County District School Board
St. Matthew Catholic School, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
Fleming Public School, Toronto District School Board
Springbrook Public School, Peel District School Board
Byron Southwood Public School, Thames Valley District School Board
Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Lakehead District School Board
South Carleton High School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Holy Names Catholic High School, Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute, Toronto District School Board
McKellar Park Central School, Lakehead District School Board
St. Dominic Savio Catholic School, Waterloo Catholic District School Board
St. Bernadette Catholic School, Durham Catholic District School Board
Beverley Heights Middle School, Toronto District School Board
Pius XII Catholic Elementary, Sudbury Catholic District School Board
Sir William Gage Middle School, Peel District School Board
St. Martin School, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board
D. Roy Kennedy Public School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Maple High School, York Region District School Board
Essex District High School, Greater Essex County District School Board
Mississauga Secondary School, Peel District School Board
Governor Simcoe Secondary School, District School Board of Niagara
Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School, Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Earl Haig Secondary School, Toronto District School Board
St. Edmund Separate School, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
Pleasantville Public School, York Region District School Board
Nelles Public School, District School Board of Niagara
St. Luke Catholic Elementary School, Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board
St. Aloysius Catholic Elementary School, Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Centennial Road Junior Public School, Toronto District School Board
Dunlace Public School, Toronto District School Board
St. John XXIII Catholic School, Renfrew County Catholic District School Board
E. J. James Public School, Halton District School Board