Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Kingston Community Conversation About Creating Calculating Kids

"How do we, as a community, help our children succeed in Mathematics?"

Five children in brightly coloured shirts lying on their backs with their heads together and their hands held up up to their eyes.

Dinner, Seminar, and Childcare
October 2, 2014
5:30 - 8:30 pm
Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School
1085 Woodbine Road, Kingston

Childcare will be provided for anyone with small children. There is no cost to participate in this community event.

Algonquin Lakeshore CDSB

This event is sponsored by:

  • The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School  Board
  • Pro Grant from the Ministry of Education


  • 5:30 pm - Pizza, veggies, & beverages will be provided, and there will be a presentation by Lego League.
  • 6:00 pm - Guests can enjoy our keynote speaker, followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Maegen Kulchar of CKWS TV. The children are invited to join workshops with either:
    • Jodi Compeau (Music, Math & Technology); or
    • Claire Bouvier from The Claire Closet (Everyday math - Cookin' with Claire); or
    • Queen's University Teacher Candidates (What's Up With Math Games); or
    • Lego League (Programming Robots)
  • 8:00 pm - There will be a presentation from all that children that participated in the workshops.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lynda Colgan

Dr. Lynda ColganChildren develop a love for reading when parents read to them on a regular basis. A love for mathematics develops in the same way. Parents can help their children see the patterns and relationships in mathematics by playing card games, finding and discussing mathematics in numbers around the home, posing simple math challenges and talking about math in the world in which their children live. Research shows that students do better at school when their parents are involved in their education. Many parents, however, are not comfortable being involved in their children's mathematics education because mathematics does not make sense to them or because they dislike mathematics. Sometimes, the negative attitudes and fears of parents are transferred to the children. As children engage in fun, engaging mathematics games and activities with Queen's Faculty of Education teacher candidates, Lynda will speak with parents about the many ways that they can support their children's mathematics learning and achievement.

Panel Discussion

Nancy Hutchinson

Dr. Nancy Hutchinson is a Professor of Education at Queen's University. Her research interests include how students with learning disabilities develop understanding in mathematics and teaching to meet the needs of exceptional learners. Nancy has authored recently "Teaching exceptional children and adolescents: A Canadian casebook (2nd ed.)" and "Inclusion of exceptional learners in Canadian schools: A practical handbook for teachers (3rd ed.)".

Victoria McGinn

After 15 years in the classroom, Victoria McGinn became a Special Assignment Teacher with ALCDSB 10 years ago. She has collaborated with educators and students in a variety of K-6 classrooms supporting teacher, school or board inquiries in mathematics and learning. Nothing gives Victoria greater satisfaction than to see a student's eyes light up and say, "I get it!"

Aaron Bailey

Aaron Bailey works at the Regional Assessment and Resource Centre at Queen's University. Aaron has become an advocate for people who are struggling with disabilities by giving motivational speeches around the world to help students like himself that are currently struggling with the difficulties of having a learning disability or ADHD.