Deirdre Bailey

Reader, Runner, Skier, Educator
Deirdre Bailey has written 57 posts for Savouring the Ish

The Button Problem (A Glimpse into our Approach to Discipline-Based Inquiry in Math)

Deirdre Bailey with Jocelyn Monteith The Alberta Math Curriculum is extensive, and for the sake of organization and accessibility it is structured in a very linear, segmented format. Considering how we might connect key skills and concepts with the broader discipline of mathematics in ways that engage diverse groups of learners and breathe life into the … Continue reading

Trial and Error in Mathematics – “Walking the squares”

Jocelyn Monteith and I decided to start this school year in Mathematics 7 focusing specifically on the development of Mathematical Habits of Mind. According to mathematicians and educational researchers Levasseur and Cuoco (2006), it’s the mathematical habits of mind, or modes of thought, that enable us to reason about the world from a quantitative and spatial perspective, … Continue reading

Girls in the Backcountry

“I just feel really confident since the “all-girls” elective. I feel like I could go into the backcountry with boys or girls and do everything and feel strong. Knowing that I am capable is something I will for sure carry with me into the future.” – Grade 9 student  As our Outdoor Education programs at Connect have expanded over the past … Continue reading

Inuit Games in Physical Education

The inclusion of Inuit Games in our Physical Education program began four years ago with the simple idea of introducing students to some less conventional sports and helping them connect physical activity to community and culture. Our goal was to design a unit that would coincide with our school’s Peace Festival; a two week long … Continue reading

Planning for Inquiry-based Physical Education

As a Phys Ed teaching team, we had a unique opportunity at the beginning of last year to reflect on our physical education program as a whole and to ask ourselves whether our approach was providing students with the best ability to develop deep understanding of a variety of curricular outcomes. We wanted to share … Continue reading

Beyond the destination: A reflection on Outdoor Education

My favourite moment was every moment. The quiet is beautiful…  When I was a kid, I used to see faces in everything. It’s been nice to find them again. Grade 9 OE Student Things I realized I forget to notice in the city: mountains, clouds and the way their shadows move across the peaks, baby trees, the sound … Continue reading

Make Math Memorable (A response)

I’ve had the opportunity to engage in further conversation about math education with Dr. Robert Craigen, Assoc. Math Professor and co-founder of WISE Math. My response to Dr. Craigen’s most recent comment wouldn’t fit in comments so I’ve included it, along with the initial response, here. Thanks for your reply, Deirdre; I look forward to … Continue reading

Monkeys or Mathematicians (Math is More Than Memorization)

Pedagogy trumps curriculum every time. Dylan Wiliam The recent push for a “return to basics” shift in math curriculum in Alberta is not unexpected. Our post-industrial society remains regrettably focused on relaying and assessing content over process. The deeply embedded desire to quantify student thinking for the sake of a neat, uni-dimensional continuum that claims … Continue reading

Thinking Through the Awards Debate

Every once in a while something I care a lot about comes up in the media and is massively misrepresented. It often becomes pretty difficult for me to let it go. Last Sunday’s Calgary Herald article on St. Basil’s School moving away from traditional award ceremonies allowed one voice to dominate the conversation. No perspective … Continue reading

My Story of Change in Education: Student Voice and Physical Space

This story was put together as part of the Canadian Education Association’s “What Standing in the Way of Change in Education” Conference in Calgary, October 21 – 22, 2013. I only remember a few specifics from my first few weeks in the classroom. I had big ideas but the execution was definitely messy. I remember … Continue reading

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