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Real-World Math Connections

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board(2015)

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The video provides a glimpse into a grade 7 mathematics class in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board where students are working on an authentic, rich task. It shows how a growth mindset and risk-taking is valued in the classroom and how the school is focused on using math through practical practice.

Themes and IdeasThemes and ideas:


  • Growth mindset
  • Deeper learning
  • Real-world, authentic learning
  • Collaboration
  • Teaching measurement through 3D printing
  • Learning for transfer

Viewer's ListThis video is for:
  • Principals
  • Educators
  • School and System Leaders
This video highlights how a grade 7 educator encourages students to think critically about what they're learning in mathematics, particularly in how they apply concepts of measurement to real-world problem solving. It also outlines how the school's bring your own device (BYOD) policy and 3D printer helps inform his practice and allows students to solve problems in a way that was previously inconceivable. This video provides an opportunity to discuss the importance of creating a culture that promotes growth mindset, risk-taking and learning how to learn.

Discussion QuestionDiscussion questions:
  • What evidence of an inclusive environment do you see in the video?
  • In what new ways can you give students the opportunity to make real-world connections in mathematics?
  • How does the educator encourage a growth mindset in math class? In what ways can you continue to encourage students to have a growth mindset?
  • When a classroom culture focuses on growth mindset and helping students learn how to learn, how do educators create the conditions to make this happen?
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