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Welcome to RabbitMath!

The RabbitMath Curriculum Project

October 2019

RabbitMath is a secondary school curriculum development project of Peter Taylor of Queen’s University and Chris Suurtamm of the University of Ottawa. This work has been supported by the enthusiasm of a large number of students and a dedicated group of classroom teachers.

We are currently running our Grade 11 project in a number of Ontario high schools, and we invite any interested teacher who has a Grade 11 class (MCR3U) this year to get in in touch with us and consider joining the project. The curriculum consists of 15 “one-week” projects and you are free to do them or pick and choose. These days we are busy putting additional support structures in place (assignments, videos, simulations). At the end of August, a workshop was held in Ottawa with some 30 teachers in attendance. The general feedback was that the activities were challenging, that this was an unusually valuable PD experience, and that the activities and problems were what our students deserve.

Next year (2020-21) we will develop and run our Grade 12 project (MHF4U and MCV4U) and will again be looking for participating teachers. It will not be necessary that the students in this second year will have been part of the Grade 11 project. Teacher workshops for this will be held in both Ottawa and Toronto in late August 2020.

Teachers who are interested or who want to know more should get in touch with either Peter or Chris.

We have applied for Ethics approval to send researchers into the classroom to observe teachers and students working with the RabbitMath curriculum. We expect to learn a lot from this experience about project-based curricula; it should also guide us all in the development of further curriculum resources.

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Main Features of the RabbitMath Curriculum

Coverage of all Overall Expectations and most Specific Expectations of the Ontario curriculum.

Focus on the analysis of complex structures. The mathematics of mathematicians.

Resources available: documents, videos, animations and online interactive support.

"Showtime": Collaborative student presentations of mathematical "stories".

Hands-on student engagement—manipulatives and animations.

Students work on Jupyter Notebooks using laptops or Chrome books and Python.

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Mathematical modeling—math interacting with the world.



Peter has written a paper about this work called Teach the Mathematics of Mathematicians. He has also recently published an introduction to the project in The Conversation.

Funding for RabbitMath comes from the KNAER Mathematical Knowledge Network (MKN), an initiative of the Ontario Ministry, the Fields Institute, the Canadian Mathematical Society, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Queen’s University and the University of Ottawa.