Wednesday, February 14, 2018


This is a post Report Card journal on the Learning Skills and Work Habits.  The intention is to inspire some reflection as a springboard for improvement for Term 2.  

Posted on GC, this is a What's Going On in This Picture journal due on Thursday.

The new Math unit -- Measurement -- will provide a brief opportunity to review some Place Value, among other things.  Detailed notes about this topic are posted on GC.   We used the distance from Toronto to Tokyo to convert from km to m and how many times it would take to run around a 400m Track.

The Powers of Ten concepts relates to this cool pattern from 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Geography & History, developing healthy communication styles, Positive News

Geography & History

The second term is right around the corner.  We will be transitioning from History to Geography.  This poster will serve as a cool -- at least I think so -- transition point between the subjects.

Charles "Fitz" Gritzner:
Retired Geography Faculty member from South Dakota State University (2007 photo)
For your first exercise, you will be responsible for thinking of a place you have visited, or know of, or would like to go to, and how you can respond to the three pressing questions, generated by Charles Gritzner:  What is Where? Why There? Why Care?

Unsure of where to begin?  Let us look at two examples.  The first one will be Mr. Gritzner:

Before I go to the second example, consider Mr. Gritzner's unique way of studying this topic:

The second example, which may be a little more local, is one that I used a couple of years ago:

This assignment will be posted on GC, once a new Geography page is set up.  At this point, there is no due date.


Today we began talking about learning to distinguish among three types of communication:

We began some role-playing and spent a lot of time in discussion about the three forms, which can overlap.
Something we will aim to avoid

Positive News:

Tired of all the negative news?  Looking some something inspirational?  Consider this:
Or this Ted Talk from a friend of Ms. Jocelynn, Ms. Eugina Duodu:

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Historical Significance: 2 more examples, a good Math question for review (Quiz on Friday)

Rethinking Typical:
This year's Gerber baby has Down syndrome Shared via the CBC News Android App

PM Trudeau's November 2017 apology"

Math review question

This is the type of question that brings all of the angle relationships together.  I will make some notes below the photo to help you review a little bit.

I apologize for it not being done with a ruler.
- all straight lines (like the two parallel lines) add up to 180 degrees (there are three examples of supplementary angles going on in this drawing)
- I began to solve this question by filling in the unknown 70-degree angle in the triangle and seeing the ALTERNATE (Z shape) angle possibility 
- once I had this, I knew the angle to the right would be 110 degrees (180-70) and it is also confirmed because the CO-INTERIOR measures total 180 (70 + 110) which has a C shape
-  knowing two angles in the triangle (60, 70), I could do some subtraction to find the missing angle:
60 + 70 = 130; 180-130 = 50 degrees
-  just to be sure, the top 3 angles on line GA, when added, equal 180:  60 + 50 + 70 = 180

There are some other ways to explain this, but I do not want to put TOO much information.  

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Media Literacy debrief, Homework & Term 1 work, inspiring videos on responsibility and hard work, TRIangles

Media Literacy

This will have to wait until this coming Friday's Media Literacy class.

These two examples of ads were tagged for the specific slogans they use but we did not get around to starting this exercise.  Instead, I used one of these ads to help the class complete last week's exercise on applying the Key Concepts (of Media Literacy) to a series of ads.

For Concept #2, the President's Choice ad might receive a different response or interpretation if you happened to be a Vegan, Jewish, or Muslim (because of the ham).  At least 1 of the 6 concepts were applied to the package of print advertising given out two weeks ago.

An older Health/Media Literacy assignment had us learn that "breakfast loves Nutella."  This is an example of a slogan which fails to mention that Nutella contains, in 2 tablespoons,  five and a half teaspoons or 5 and a half packets of sugar (

I of I (Item of Interest):

Term 1 work:

Homework assignments are written on the Homework board, usually on GC, and then onto the Homework chart in the class.  These items relate to the 2 video postings down below, which relate to the key idea of being RESPONSIBLE for your learning.

homework board
Top portion of the Homework tracking chart, which is posted in the class and updated for COMPLETION or INCOMPLETION of items

Inspiring videos (related to the completion of incompletion of Term 1 work)

 Will Smith on Fault versus Responsibility:

Young boy in Trinidad on honest and hard work:


The Homework and more in-depth notes can be found on GC, but here are some useful items related to the next stage of our Geometry unit.
Nice Work!

old photo: parallel lines, transversals, and TRIangles!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Winter, Salt, our Water! Ahhhhhh, Slogans (Media Literacy)

GTA Item of Interest (I of I)

Hmm.  This sounds like something related to Geography.
'You can taste it': Road salt making GTA rivers, streams as salty as seawater Shared via the CBC News Android App

Media Literacy:  Slogans

This is a short in-class, and then independent, assignment on the idea of how slogans work in the Media we encounter on a regular basis.  The original assignment was developed by Ms. Brougham.  This will be part of the Term 2 evaluation.
We will use the same folder of advertisements to review last week's exercise and begin working on the slogan assignment.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Interior angles: We probably won't get to this until Friday

Angles in Polygons

This short video may help illustrate this chart.  Sorry, I have no Math Antics video. for this.

Reminder: What is a Myth? Angle Games and sketching, What's Going On in This Picture?

Writing:  Myths

This is a reminder of what a Myth is.  It is not your typical short story.  Here are a couple of videos to help with a re-explanation of it, in case you forgot.
Here is a sample:

Mathematics:  Angles

To supplement our current lessons on angle relationships, there are a number of games posted on GC that will help you.

UPDATE:  I was having some difficulty uploading some items to GC which relate to angle relationships.  For now, I will post the 2 images here and post them when GC is working properly.

The drawing I did, which I want you to do.  You will be given a handout to help you with remembering where the angles relationships are located.

As Ms. Carol pointed out:  There are 2 grids on the protractor.  With the angles highlighted in orange, you can see that one 1s 130 degree Obtuse one and one is a 50 degree Acute one; together they make a 180 degree angle!

Reading:  New York Times'What's Going On in This Picture?

a) Since we have not done this in a while, I thought we might use this image as a group warmup:
b) Here is the one we will do today.  It is due today.  You must show it to me so I can record who has completed it.  Lates are not permitted for this short exercise.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Constructivist introduction to Angles in Geometery, Gender & relationships


There seems to have been a major shift in the TDSB towards a Constructivist approach to teaching Math.  What is that?   Consider this definition:

"Students need to construct their own understanding of each mathematical concept, so that the primary role of teaching is not to lecture, explain, or otherwise attempt to 'transfer' mathematical knowledge, but to create situations for students that will foster their making the necessary mental constructions." (from

I am of two minds on this approach.  In the photo below, the class used some prior knowledge of angle relationships (check out the photo of KWL chart) to work on this investigation.  We took up the answer and talked about it but, as I write this, I realize that a more detailed lesson will need to supplement this.   

Some of these videos fill in the theory related to this investigation, but it is not a substitute for a solid review of these topics.  This will happen on Monday.

My version of a note, recorded by the students

I am going to look at the homework I assigned on Friday and make a few notes on the questions and then repost them on Google Classroom (GC).  This may be helpful to some students who found it initially a little confusing.  I will do this before 7p.m.

As for my commentary on Constructivist approaches, that will also have to wait but here is a small commentary, in the form of an editorial cartoon:

I wouldn't agree and suggest that Constructivism is a "Weapon of Math Destruction."  That is quite an extreme assertation.  There are benefits to investigating and trying to make sense of Mathematical challenges.  At the same time, I do believe there is a much needed place to learn foundational skills, which have unfortunately been referred to as a drill and kill approach to Math instruction.  Balance, will all things in life, is key.  It is not intent to write an essay here, but I thought I would share my thoughts on the matter.  

After completing the first portion of homework, we will come back to this detailed video.  There is a lot of information in it, so become overwhelmed!

Most recent Data Management test


This will need some editing for today's lesson (Monday, 29th) but this will be part of today's and next week's discussion:  We will be examing, in part, how our ideas on gender may influence how we relate with one another and how we can strive to build healthier relationships with one another.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Review for final Test: some tips, a note on note-taking

For this test, a brief Study Sheet was required.  This was assigned on GC and placed on the Homework board.  The final test of this unit also requires a Study Sheet.  I constructed one and will review the concepts in class today.  I will place this in the appropriate section in GC.

Although the students are working on the note-taking Tide Pod Challenge article, I began 3 samples of note-taking for the class to see.
This exercise will be completed in class.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Note taking & the Tide pod challenge, MMM quiz results

Tide pod Laundry Challenge & Note-taking

For today's exercise, we will reinforce some of your skills by looking at a topic that I heard about last week and was reminded about -- thanks, Simon -- yesterday.  THIS IS A SERIOUS MATTER. 

Before we begin, let us look at some facts:

You will be given a short article and in your table groups, you will be responsible for using 1 of the 3 methods, outlined below, to record some notes on this social media trend. 

jot notes

Cornell Notes


Saturday, January 20, 2018

A few photos, a few notes

Before items are posted on GC, the homework is written on this part of the front board.  Over the next few weeks, before the final reports of Term 1 are printed, we will be playing some catch-up on assignments.  We will also be moving forward with Term 2 work.  Take this opportunity to catch up on items.  Our class is full of great, helpful students that you can ask for help or about an assignment you are uncertain about.

On Friday, my son Rhys came into the classroom to help me clean up a little.  He wrote the class a note, which I will read on Monday and he wrote a couple of inspirational notes on the whiteboard.  You will probably see it, but here is a shot of it.


photo by Rhys Daniel Proudfoot

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Working with Measures of Central Tendency, Reminders, BCI

I couldn't find my phone to take photos of this exercise, so I used the document camera instead.

The intention of this sample, demonstrated by me, along with the subsequent group work, was to support the short but involved homework questions, which will be taken up on Thursday.

Although it is difficult to tell, the student groups are working on constructing data using the coloured cubes.

Student sample with all the results being the same & results being distributed differently.  In both cases, the MEAN is the same.

A more advanced question was then given out to the class, based on the homework.  The idea behind this -- and I did not get to capture this -- was the teaching done in the small groups amongst the peer groupings.  Feedback on the questions, along with additional information, is on GC. 

Question:  broken down

As Report Card season is about to begin, I want to inform you that the students are being regularly reminded of work they need to submit for evaluation.  With that work, often, are samples, done by me to help model what is expected.  I will often post reminders in the class or on GC.

Grade 8 trip to Oor Collegiate Institiute.  It is very similar to Bloor Collegiate Institute.