Math With T.A.C.K.

Here in Ontario, our mathematics curriculum is divided into five strands, similar to those presented by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in the United States:
  • Number Sense and Numeration
  • Measurement
  • Geometry and Spatial Sense
  • Patterning and Algebra
  • Data Management and Probability
The curriculum document also outlines seven mathematical processes that support math learning:
  • problem solving
  • reasoning and proving
  • reflecting
  • selecting tools and computational strategies
  • connecting
  • representing
  • communicating
These sections identify the content and skills we should be teaching and assessing. Regardless of the grade level, the document also contains an achievement chart that identifies four categories of knowledge and skills in mathematics as they pertain to assessment and evaluation of student achievement. This achievement chart is what Ontario teachers use to evaluate student work and provide effective feedback for future learning.

A group of teachers in my area worked together to take this achievement chart and make it more student-friendly. This chart was shared with me, and I've begun using it in my classroom in a similar way to the CAFE board - like a menu of good strategies and skills my students should be using when problem solving during math time. Enter the T.A.C.K. Board:
As you can see, the board is an anagram for the categories in our achievement chart: Thinking, Application, Communication and Knowledge. I created and posted the board, then worked together with my students to add the colored skill strips below. (We had been working on problem solving for many weeks, so the kiddos were able to think back to the things they'd been doing.)

Take a closer look at what we've built so far:
There are several other components to the chart that we will add down the road, but these are the most meaningful at this point in our year. I love that I'm able to direct my students to the T.A.C.K. board during problem solving so they can reflect on their solutions. It has worked like a self-assessment board for them. Essentially it is our Success Criteria for problem solving in mathematics!

Interested in these headers for your own classroom? You can grab them by clicking the image below!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/TACK-Board-for-the-Ontario-Mathematics-Classroom-1171958

I'd love to give credit to the group of teachers who put the original chart together. I don't have their individual names, but if you know who they are please leave a comment or message me so that I might add credit!

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    1. You're very welcome, Anne! Thanks for stopping by! :)

      ~Erin

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  2. Wow! LOVE this! My staff is about to start diving into Math for our next PLC with a focus on problem solving. Can't wait to share this idea. I would love to see updates on this as you work through it this year.

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    1. Thanks, Krista! I'm hoping to update later in the year! Best of luck with your PLC, and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

      ~Erin

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  3. Lovely idea! I put your banner on my blog! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks so much, Simona! I'm so glad you stopped by! :)

      ~Erin

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  4. Love it! What a great idea. I would love to see how you progress with this.

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    1. Thanks! I'll be checking in again!

      Erin

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  5. Love it! Thanks for sharing! I teach in French Immersion so I am going to use as a model!

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    1. Thanks, Colleen! Glad you stopped by!

      Erin

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  6. Such a simple idea, but how AWESOME! I love it!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Sandy! I'll hopefully be able to get to updating this soon!

      Erin

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