For the next TWO weeks (Yes, two!) Arianna will be taking over Critical Math. Arianna has curated two week’s worth of articles that you will definitely want to use with your students. Look for articles on Prime Numbers, water usage, crime statistics, labour+gender and more!
To learn more about Arianna, read the bio below.
What is your current professional role?
I am a grade 4/5 Teacher in the Toronto District School Board. Along with being a TDSB Educator, I am a Math Lead at my school and a Digital Lead Learner in our Board. I co-created and co-moderate #tdsbEd which is a Twitter chat for TDSB Educators. I’m a Google Certified Educator who was recently accepted into the Google Innovator’s Program and I head to London in April to work on my vision of creating an online space for children with tools and strategies on Mental Health and Wellness.
What do you enjoy most about your current role?
I love having the chance to work with students who are constantly willing to embrace new learning and connect past learning or skills in problem solving. I’m grateful for students who are willing to go with me on a journey so that we have the chance to learn together.
Why is critical thinking important in the classroom?
I strongly believe that my students will be faced with new challenges in the future. Their future jobs don’t yet exist. They’ll have to use problem solving and critical thinking to innovate in order to continue to be productive members of society. I want my students to question and evaluate everything in order to find solutions for themselves that work.
Who inspires you?
I’m really lucky to be surrounded by amazing educators in our board. My #tdsbEd partner, Larissa Aradj is someone who I’m lucky to have a great relationship with. We constantly challenge each other to learn something new by expanding on what we already know and do and sometimes jumping into a totally new experience.
What are your hopes for education (or math education) in the next ten years?
My hopes for Education is that we teach students transferable skills to allow them to innovate through authentic and rich tasks. The reality for our students is that many will choose to create their own careers by means of Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurial Thinking is a mindset fueled by the desire to solve problems and create effective solutions. As educators, we have the ability to support our students by equipping them with the skills to identify problems, create incredible solutions and possibly change the world.