Numeracy

Teachers in Border Land School Division are continually working to create a positive math culture in each of our 17 school sites. Two strategic goals anchor the divisional numeracy committee’s efforts towards the creation of a culture where students see math as a positive part of their learning journey:

  • Develop a positive mindset and positive norms in every BLSD school.
  • Build procedural fluency from conceptual understanding.

Creating a positive math mindset is facilitated in numerous ways such as celebrating “I love math month”, working with teachers through math residencies and participating in the mRLC’s numeracy achievement project. As math learners gain confidence in connecting conceptual understanding (the big ides in math) and procedural fluency (the ways we do the math), their ability to make sense of the math and to be flexible in their application of various math procedures as they solve problems will grow.

We know that students are most successful when they have strong understanding of number sense.  This allows students to be flexible thinkers with an end result of higher achievement and confidence. We know that numeracy is more than just memorizing math facts – it is a complex system where students are most successful if they are able to develop skills in problem solving, mental math and estimation, visualization, reasoning, and are able to make connections and communicate their learning.

Our goal is to work in partnership with parents to let our students know that effort and perseverance in math is worthwhile and beneficial for everyone.