"I just want to write an say thank you again for your terrific Math Pro-D.
It basically revolutionized my ability to explain decimals, while
also promoting my use of number sense. The kids are grabbing the base
ten blocks like it's completely normal. Perfect timing for me. Thank you."
- Ryan Nast, Middle School Teacher
"I just did the first unit – and LOVE IT! Thank you"
- Amei Mai, Grade 4/5 Teacher
"I can honestly say that my whole attitude to teaching math has changed. Now if you walk into my math classes you will often see groups of students chatting enthusiastically about math, using manipulatives to show their knowledge and fighting for a chance to explain their thinking to the class. My students seem more engaged in class and appear to have a deeper, more enduring understanding of the concepts than they did before, and I am having so much more fun!"
- Nora Havelaar, French Immersion Grade 6 Teacher
"Using manipulatives during math instruction has helped me reach more of my learners. That moment when a student ‘gets’ a concept that they have struggled for years to understand, is priceless!"
- Jeni Scott Grade 6 Teacher
"My classroom has become a lively place to be during math class. Learners are up and moving, actively involved and engaged. I have become very passionate about the shift from math being about a bunch of rules and procedures to students discovering concepts through differentiating instruction and parallel tasks."
- Lisa Pushong, Grade 4/5 Teacher
"Nikki's ideas are very practical and easy to apply, even for a beginning teacher like me!"
- Daphne Savard, Grade 7/8 Teacher
"Educating Now is a resource teachers will turn to again and again as it provides a way for both teachers and students to get used to talking about mathematics while developing a problem-solving mindset. I encourage my colleagues to use Educating Now as Nikki’s video clips and lesson plans are an invaluable professional development tool that supports good teaching!"
- Mary Chiappetta, District Learning Coach, Victoria, BC
“I think it built a better understanding for me by explaining it to my group in different ways and helping them understand”
Olivia, Grade 8 Student
“hearing other people’s concepts and ideas helped me understand”
Garrett, Grade 8 Student
don’t see kids frustrated. My math class was less exhausting ... and I
felt like I was delivering what I needed to them in a more effective
Darlene, Grade 8 Teacher
“It empowers the kids; it’s student-centered, they’re communicating their understanding at a far greater level than just me at the front of the class just choosing students”
Dom, Grade 6 Teacher
“I love to be able to get professional development right when I need it – before I teach the actual lesson. I wish there was a resource like this for all subjects! In the beginning, there was resistance to using manipulatives from some of my students, but that resistance is gone now, and I see lots of “ah-ha” moments now as I watch students work through the concepts.”
Gwyneth Mcintosh, Grade 8 Teacher, Central Middle School
Now has been an incredible help in my first year teaching math to
middle school students. It has been a huge time saver and stress
reliever, guiding me with best practices on how to teach math in a
meaningful way. I am so thankful for the easy-to-follow video tutorials,
which have given me confidence in how I approach key concepts and use
manipulatives with my class. Each concept includes ready to use lesson
plans and additional differentiated tasks. My students are engaged and
excited about math, and are learning to solve and discuss problems in
Sara Conkin, Grade 6 Teacher, Cedar Hill Middle School
manipulatives in my grade 7 classroom has really levelled the playing
field for my diverse range of learners. For students who are at a
concrete level of understanding this approach gives them confidence and
the chance to be the experts. For my stronger students who can easily
grasp abstract math concepts, using manipulatives challenges them to
correctly understand the ‘why’ behind the traditional algorithm. Thanks
Nikki for inspiring more inclusion and differentiated instruction in my
classroom. By using manipulatives, I feel like I’m doing a better job of
reaching all the learners in my math class.”
Kim Zumach, Grade 7 Teacher
how to teach using manipulatives (properly) facilitates students’
conceptual understanding, something most adults never had the
opportunity to learn. To be able to touch, feel, see, and experience
math is powerful. It fills an enormous gap missing in mathematics. Kids
that you feel like you could never reach suddenly understand. They
really get it. There’s no better feeling for a student, teacher, or
Hilary Braid-Skolski, Middle School Teacher
“Last year my Grade 6 class was introduced to fractions. We used fraction circles to help them with their understanding. The students were quickly able to create their own equivalent fractions and make their own patterns. It was great to see students who self-identified as having low confidence in their math skills have ‘ah-hah moments’ with the fraction circles.”
Kurt Penner, Grade 6 Teacher
“Nikki’s enthusiasm for math is contagious. Her support and encouragement for teachers learning how to teach math with meaning has been tremendous. Her knowledge of brain science, learning and mathematics is considerable and she is continually researching best practices in these areas. I learn something every time I listen to her!”
Kari Reid, Grade 6 Teacher
“I can learn the same thing in multiple different ways because my classmates and I all do things differently. Also if I don’t understand someone’s explanation I can try and understand someone else’s”
Kylie, Grade 8 Student