William Konkin Elementary SD#91 Nechako Lakes

I. General Information

School Name: William Konkin Elementary

School District: SD#91 Nechako Lakes

Inquiry Team Members: Karie Evans: kevans@sd91.bc.ca, Judy Thompson: jthompson@sd91.bc.ca, Richard Thompson: rthompson@sd91.bc.ca, Teresa Benedict: tebenedict@sd91.bc.ca

Inquiry Team Contact Email: kevans@sd91.bc.ca

II. Inquiry Project Information

Type of Inquiry: NOIIE

Grade Levels Addressed Through Inquiry: Intermediate (4-7)

Curricular Areas Addressed: Mathematics / Numeracy

Focus Addressed: Core competencies (for example, critical thinking, communication, problem solving), Differentiated instruction, Experiential learning, First Peoples Principles of Learning

In one sentence, what was your focus for the year? Studying and implementing Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics by Peter Liljedahl.

III. Spirals of Inquiry Details

Scanning: The pandemic caused large instructional gaps and significant student absences. We were concerned about even greater diversity in learner ability. We used school, district and ministry data, as well as formative assessment.

Focus: We wanted to increase student and teacher efficacy in mathematics and increase engagement in numeracy while meeting diverse learner needs and addressing core competencies.


  • Traditional practices
  • Lack of cohesion as a teaching group in numeracy teaching
  • Lack of understanding by teachers of the range of resources available in the school

New Professional Learning: We completed a book study, as well as explored the online resources and district Zoom

Taking Action: We implemented teaching strategies into our numeracy lessons in the second term.

Checking: We were pleased with increased student engagement in numeracy lessons and were pleased to see students starting to report math as their favourite part of school.

Reflections/Advice: We plan to continue the book study and implementation of the strategies in the coming school year.