Author Archives: J Martens

About J Martens

Educator living in Vancouver and working in SD37 Delta. Supporting Numeracy while learning how formative assessment, literacy, inquiry, and technology serve to improve learning and increase engagement (for teachers & students).

Inquiry Warm-Up

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Originally posted on Martens in the Middle:
Today students got fully immersed in questions about our learning community that were generated last week — questions to do with the use of space, the amount windows, and the air quality. Division…

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Fluency Write

Today students wrote non-stop for 20 minutes in response to the following prompts. WHICH BUTTON WOULD YOU CHOOSE? WHY? WHAT WOULD HAPPEN WHEN YOU PRESSED IT? Second draft to follow after the “Letter Home” writing project finishes.

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Co-Creating Criteria for Personal Writing

Originally posted on Martens in the Middle:
We’ve looked at BC’s Performance Standards for Personal Writing We’ve looked at Lori Rog’s student rubric of the Six Traits for Writing And now that we’ve written several personal memoirs (first & second…

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Stories of Change

Here are my sketch notes from the NOII Symposium.  [Aside: find the typos:)] PDF of Innovative Learning Environments – OECD presentation PDF of Stories of Change

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Anxious Behaviour At School

On April 28th I attended a morning session led by Lynn Miller for the staff at Prince of Wales Secondary.  Below is a photo (and pdf) of my sketch notes from that morning. PDF of my “Anxious Behaviour At School” Sketchnotes Recommended Reading from … Continue reading

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Learning Intentions in Intermediate Science

Question: Hope things are going well…I’m sure you’re super busy now we’ve already reached mid-term.  For my inquiry in my class I’m working on sharing my learning intentions with my students in writing.  I’d also like to work on it … Continue reading

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Student Generated Questions in SS8

A colleague of mine used the following Question Focus to prompt student generated end of year questions in her Social Studies 8 class using the QFT. The physical geography of a place influences patterns of settlement, trade, and conflict as … Continue reading

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Formative Assessment in HS Math Class

Here are a few examples of high school mathematics teachers who have made small changes to their practice which have been positive for both the teachers and their students. I highly recommend exploring other posts on these blogs. On exit … Continue reading

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My first attempt at whiteboarding…without the whiteboards

Originally posted on ThomsonScience:
I’ve got a flurry of firsts going on here! I love it. I’ve been inspired to go beyond my normal routine lately by quite a few of the members of my PLN on Twitter. Last week…

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NOII Opportunity and Inquiry Template

In BC we have networks of schools who are pursing inquiries (and sharing them) that focus on supporting learners in the following areas: Innovative Learning Environments Aboriginal Enhancement Agreements Healthy Schools The following describes the opportunities for schools to join … Continue reading

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