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Province promises more math training for teachers

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Jan 09, 2014 - 12:06 PM |
The province has announced it's attempting to boost students' performance in math by providing more training for teachers.

Teachers will be given more opportunities “to gain additional qualifications in mathematics through new professional learning workshops and summer learning programs, and partnering with school boards to increase the number of teachers with mathematics qualifications,” according to a press release from the province.

The government also said it will:

-Continue to promote balanced learning that focuses on critical thinking and problem solving, and practice in basic math operations.

-Explore how technology may be used to improve teacher instruction and student understanding of mathematics.

-Work with the Ontario College of Teachers and faculties of education to improve mathematics training in the province's new teacher education program.

-Help parents and guardians find resources that help them support their child's mathematics learning, such as TVO's Homework Help, which provides free online math tutoring for students.

“Ontario has a lot to be proud of in terms of student achievement, thanks in large part to our great educators and staff,” said Minister of Education Liz Sandals, in a press release.

“However, we know we have more work to do in the area of mathematics. The new supports will help students build and apply their math skills."

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