“The beauty in mathematics can be found in the process of deriving elegant and succinct approaches to resolving problems. Other times, messy problems and seeming chaos may culminate in beautiful, sometimes surprising, results that are both simple and generalizable. Most important, the beauty of mathematics is experienced when exciting breakthroughs in problem solving are made and an air of relief and awe is enjoyed. The two aspects of mathematics, aesthetics and application, are deeply interconnected.” (Ontario Curriculum, 2020)
At YRDSB: Students will be confident problem solvers who use mathematical knowledge, skills and processes to be contributing members of a changing society.
To support the learning and teaching of math, we have developed a board-wide Math Strategy. Math success for all students requires a strong partnership between home and school. That’s why we are committed to providing parents with the support they need to support the mathematical thinking of their child.
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Monthly Math Newsletter
Check out our monthly math newsletter for tips, resources and more to support math learning.
- Math Newsletter
Using manipulatives (objects) to explore mathematical concepts is an important part of the learning process. They support a conceptual approach to learning math and allow children to see and create visual representations that help them understand abstract math concepts.
Math Problem of the Month
Here is the current math problem of the month as well as the previous month's problem with a solution and extension question.
- Math Problems
You have a set of 9 cards that are numbered from 1 to 9. Can you place the cards in 3 piles so that the sum of the numbers on the cards in each pile is the same?
Solution to be posted at the end of the month!
- Math Problems
A bag contains 10 blue blocks, 10 green blocks and 10 red blocks. What is the minimum number of blocks you have to remove from the bag to ensure that you get 4 blocks of the same colour?
You would have to remove 10 blocks to ensure that you get 4 blocks of the same colour.
What if each bag started with 20 blocks of each colour?