seeking Guidance in improving your child’s math proficiency?
seeking Guidance in improving your child’s math proficiency?
You have done everything to help your child succeed.
From helping them with their homework to attending parent-teacher interviews, you have invested time, effort, and money to help your child build their confidence in their academic abilities. You are looking for different ways to help your child reach their full potential. (And in case you haven’t heard it in a while, you are doing a great job!)
You play a crucial role in supporting your child’s education, including their math proficiency. Remember, every child is unique and learns at their own pace. If your child is facing challenges with math — whether it be feelings of boredom or lack of confidence — do not be disheartened. Instead, see it as an opportunity to find creative solutions and help your child thrive.
And yes — that is a video of me with my father in the early years of my teaching career. My father and I co-founded the Reynolds scholarship to financially assist Black students towards their post-secondary education. We have had the pleasure of meeting amazing students like Matthew who have worked tirelessly towards achieving success both inside and outside of school.
Early on in my career, I came to the realization that a scholarship alone was not enough to fix the enduring impacts of systemic racism. I wanted to create a solution that addressed the root of the problem within our education system. As a French and Mathematics educator, I witnessed firsthand how government policies and geographic location can hinder a student’s access to a quality education. Although I was able to impact change within my classroom, I still felt dissatisfied.
Change needed to be made beyond my classroom walls.
Roots to Routes Academy is more than just a school. It is an opportunity to create a sustainable solution to ensure that every student can access an educational experience where they feel valued, heard, and seen. Roots to Routes Academy aims to provide Black students with a program that gives them the freedom to be proud of their cultural roots while learning more about the world. Together, we are able to rectify the injustices of the past and invest in our community today in order to pave the route towards a more promising future.
Elevate your child’s high school experience with our 7-week credit course! Our course guarantees not only academic success, but also helps students boost their self-confidence. Through the integration of ethnomathematics and global competency skills, students will learn how to express themselves with conviction. Our course is perfect for students entering high school in September or students in Grade 9 who are seeking a more engaging math environment.
Not only does this course build stronger computational skills, but it also instills students with a sense of self-worth that will empower them to never settle for less. As they continue to embark on their education journey, the lessons gained from this course will enable them to effectively leverage their strengths by discovering the learning strategies that help them learn best.
Unlock your child’s true potential and apply for our Math in Motion course today!
EtHnomathematics promotes a positive sense of self by highlighting mathematic contributions, strategies and concepts from around the world
BECAUSE HOW YOU APPROACH MATH MAKES YOU UNIQUE.
Recognizing and valuing the diversity of mathematical practices and knowledge across different cultures and societies. Through ethnomathematics, we promote an inclusive approach that respects and appreciates mathematical traditions, concepts and discoveries from Africa and other non-Western cultures. This helps to preserve and celebrate cultural heritage within racialized communities while fostering mutual respect, compassion and empathy within our multicultural society.
Mathematics education only becomes meaningful when it is relevant to students’ backgrounds and lived experience. By incorporating diverse history, examples, and contexts ethnomathematics becomes tool for students to see the practical applications and relevance of mathematics in their everyday lives. This is guaranteed to enhance student engagement, motivation, and learning outcomes.
In a multicultural society, it is imperative for our students to cultivate a global perspective in order to connect meaningfully with others. Through challenging the Eurocentric view of mathematics as solely a Western discipline, students are able to broaden their horizons by learning the different mathematical systems, methods, and problem-solving techniques used in various cultures around the world. This can foster a more inclusive and globally aware mindset among students, allowing them to be literate in various social contexts.
Etnomathematics often involves investigating and analyzing real-world mathematical problems in cultural contexts, which can develop students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It encourages students to think critically about different mathematical practices, compare and contrast mathematical concepts and methods across cultures, and apply mathematical reasoning to solve problems in diverse contexts. These skills are transferable to other areas of life and can benefit students in their academic and professional pursuits.
Through cultural representation embedded in the course curriculum, students’ cultural identities would be validated thus promoting a positive sense of self. Black students are often not represented in math courses which could make students feel inadequate. Ethnomathematics allows students to see themselves as capable and knowledgeable mathematicians, boosting their self-confidence and self-efficacy in their academic capabilities. This can contribute to their overall personal and professional development, and inspire them to pursue further studies or careers in STEM fields.
Placing a value on the diverse mathematical practices of different cultures and societies can lead to increased awareness and activism around issues such as implicit bias, prejudice, discrimination, and inequality in mathematics education. With the implementation of culturally responsive and inclusive pedagogies, we are able to meet the needs of diverse students. Engaging students in social justice issues within a math context can lead to increased student engagement and motivation to create change beyond the classroom.
Access curriculum-linked content, interactive tools and video content through our virtual classroom. This combination supports different learning styles and promotes a deeper understanding of the material. Visuals, interactivity, and multimedia helps to reinforce learning to enhance student engagement. Interactive tools that allow students to actively manipulate and explore the content can also facilitate a deeper understanding of complex concepts.
Large classroom sizes typically lead parents investing in a math tutor to fill learning gaps. However, at Roots to Routes Academy, we offer tutorial hours which provides students with extra opportunities to practice and reinforce their math skills. Practice and self-reflection are essential for mastering mathematical concepts and improving problem-solving skills. This additional practice with their educator can help students gain confidence and proficiency by allowing them to receive instant feedback on effective learning strategies, areas of strength and areas of growth.
A LOVE FOR MATH IS EXPONENTIAL
AND STUDENTS OF ALL SKILL LEVELS SHOULD NOURISH IT.
Course Dates: Tuesday, July 4, 2023 – Friday, August 18, 2023
Course Type: De-streamed
Language of Study: English or French
The Ontario Curriculum: Grade 9 Mathematics (MTH1W)
MTH1W was de-streamed in September 2021 to ensure that all students have the opportunity to choose mathematics as a pathway to future careers. In our in-person classes, students will develop a profound understanding of mathematical concepts and how it relates to the world. It is important for us to learn about mathematics in a way that highlights African culture and the contributions of all cultural communities around the world. In doing this, our students will begin to view math as a space in which they belong. Our de-streamed course is for all Grade 9 students. This course is available to Grade 8 students entering high school in Fall of 2023. French Immersion students can opt to take the course in French to obtain a French credit towards their Certificate of Bilingual Studies.REGISTER NOW
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In many ways, your child is already prepared. At Roots to Routes Academy, we want students to enter our program having a fresh start. We will assess students to view their abilities and work with them to build their mathematical foundation. In general, it is recommended to review and solidify your foundational math skills, such as arithmetic, basic algebraic concepts, and geometric principles. You can also familiarize yourself with the curriculum expectations and course materials, and practice solving math problems to build your confidence and proficiency in the subject. Currently, we only offer the de-streamed Grade 9 mathematics course.
Yes! However, our course is intended for Black students to help address the systemic barriers that continue to be a challenge within our education system. Students just need to be in high school or a grade 8 entering high school September 2023.
Grade 9 math is a compulsory credit towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). This means that it is a mandatory course that students must take in order to meet their graduation requirements.
The best things in life are not always free. By investing in our course, your child will access a higher quality education, culturally responsive content, diverse staff, support, and value compared to free courses, ensuring they receive the best possible learning experience to excel in their academic journey.
There are no prerequisites for our Math in Motion program. However, the course is offered exclusively to students who are in high school and grade 8 entering high school in September, 2023.
Currently, we only offer the de-streamed Grade 9 mathematics course. In September of 2022, the grade 9 math course became de-streamed in Ontario as a response to the overrepresentation of Black and Indigenous students in applied level courses. If you believe your child would be more suited in the locally developed level, please contact your student’s guidance counsellor and/or mathematics teacher.
Try it out! We offer a 5-day trial where if the course is not a good fit, we will offer you a full refund.
First off, thank you for registering! Before the start of the course, you will need to connect with your child’s guidance counsellor to obtain your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) and credit counselling summary. You can forward these documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our first class will be on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. The time will be shared with those who have registered.
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