Project participants present their workshop on the use of Rich Tasks using the Five Practices as a framework

Ontario Grade 9 and 10 mathematics curriculum

Summer Institute participants engage with the rich tasks, Taxman during a workshop.

Professional Learning

At the end of the two years participants came together and designed professional learning they felt should be shared with teachers outside of the project as a way to expand the reach of the Grade 9 Applied Project. These professional learning modules are created as "workshops in a bag" and are intended for teachers, administrators, and other professional learning consultants. The following professional learning topics are available for download:

All workshops include:

  • Power Point Presentation
  • Speaker Notes and detailed Facilitator Guide
  • Handouts
  • Video Clips




Participants will develop a deeper understanding of learning goals and success criteria. They will work together to develop a common understanding of the difference between assessment for, as, and of learning. Through collaboration, participants will explore different assessment strategies and make connections to their own practice.


making thinking visible

This innovative workshop showcases strategies to engage learners and promote perseverance in the math classroom.  Some classroom-tested approaches are presented that engage students and help to make their thinking visible.


use of technology

The Ontario Curriculum Grade 9 & 10 Mathematics states: “In an effective mathematics program, students learn in the presence of technology.  Technology should influence the mathematics content taught and how it is taught. Powerful assistive and enabling computer and handheld technologies should be used seamlessly in teaching, learning, and assessment.” (p.3) This workshop will showcase Padlet, Knowledgehook, Desmos Activity Builder, Explain Everything, and Nearpod as a few tools to enhance mathematics instruction and assessment.


 the five practices

This workshop will introduce participants to the Five Practices. It offers hands on activities for teachers to help experience, and better understand, the power of using the framework the Five Practices provides for orchestrating powerful mathematical discussions in the classroom.


rearranging curriculum

This workshop will explore two different strategies related to the curriculum. Rearranging the curriculum is an easy-to-implement strategy that facilitates early success and fosters student confidence, engagement, and achievement. Spiraling the curriculum is another powerful strategy that builds connections across strands, improves retention and achievement, and provides multiple assessment opportunities.


Continuum of LEarning

In this workshop participants will examine strategies that were designed to improve the transition planning for students, focusing on the move from elementary to high school.  These strategies encourage professional conversations, improve continuity between grades, and foster independent learners.



rich tasks

Rich tasks and meaningful discussions increase student engagement and make the learning more profound and powerful.  In this workshop you will experience a rich task first hand as a learner and facilitator, engage in meaningful and purposeful discussions and gain valuable resources.


effective professional Learning

Research indicates that effective professional learning has four essential components: it is curriculum focused, based on student thinking, occurs in a collaborative and supportive environment and is aligned with other elements in the system.  Participants in this workshop will see how the educator teams involved in the Grade 9 Applied Math Project implemented these components and explore how they might move forward in their own practice.



* all photos taken at the Summer Institutes and used with permission of participants