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Geometric Subitizing: A Different Kind of Number Talk

The discussion cards posted on this site can be used to discuss counting and grouping strategies with students. This could be a great way to engage students using vocabulary around numbers and shapes. 

Visual Patterns

A gallery of visual patterns can be used with students exploring algebra. Fawn Nguyen, the teacher behind the site, also documents her students' discussion of the patterns at mathtalks.net. You can also read about how ABE teachers are using the patterns.

Tweet Me, Maybe

Max Ray-Reik of the Math Forum suggests using Twitter for personalized professional development in this 5-minute talk.

Thinking Routines

A variety of instructional strategies that can be used with various levels of math instruction. Prepared by Minnesota teacher Joe Cole.

The Story of Two Words and One Simple Tweak to Get Students Talking

Teacher Sarah Van Der Werf shares some observations about attending to vocabulary in math instruction and shares a strategy for helping students access unfamiliar vocabulary in math class.

Rethinking How We See Mistakes

Math teacher Audrey McLaren writes about encouraging students to make and learn from mistakes. She recommends specific strategies for changing a classroom's culture around mistakes.

Purposeful Numberless Word Problems

In these blog posts, Brian Bushart addresses types of word problems and a strategy for instruction.

Progression of Early Number and Counting

What is an instructional progression that leads to conceptual understanding of counting and numbers? This 8-minute video lays out a progression for children learning these concepts, but ABE teachers of students with beginning numeracy will find useful ideas here.

Problem Strings

Problem Strings are an instructional strategy where the teacher facilitates students working through and thinking aloud about a set of math problems (for example: 5 x 6, then 5 x 60, and so on...) as a method for students to learn from each other about math strategies. The strategy offers a way to pack significant math learning into a short time in class.

Playing Uno: The “Combine Like Terms” Version

Instructions and printables for a "combine like terms" UNO game.

One Formula to Rule Them All

Before you teach another formula for area of a 2-D shape, check out the "applets" on this page. Teachers who do not have access to internet in their classroom can learn from the animations and do a similar demonstration with paper.

Math Visuals

Imagine that a math teacher made simple, attractive visuals to spark student discussion around counting and basic operations. Berkeley Everett did - and here it is!

Listen to Your Students

Description of video: "Teachers are busy—so busy we often don’t hear what students say. Sometimes we hear things that students don’t say. I’ll make a case for the importance of listening carefully to students of all ages. I’ll encourage you to make time to listen more carefully, and I’ll give you some simple strategies for doing it."

Linear Matching

A printable matching activity for matching graphs to equations.

Let’s Laugh About Math

In this 11-minute video is Laila Nur's talk from ShadowCon 2015, where she suggests using humor to build students' relationship with math.

Introducing the Orangamallow

A quick reading about a quick strategy a teacher uses to make "like terms" meaningful to her students.

Instructional Strategies for Counting

These three blog posts from an elementary math coach describe instructional strategies around basic counting that may be useful for some ABE teachers addressing very basic numeracy.

Ignite Videos – Math Forum

Ignite is a presentation format where each presenter speaks for 5 minutes. This site has some excellent talks from the Math Forum at Drexel.

If Graphing Linear Inequalities Is Aspirin, Then How Do You Create the Headache?

Brief blog post by Dan Meyer that addresses teaching students not just the procedure for how to graph linear inequalities, but providing the opportunity for them to consider why the conventional representation (graph) is an efficient way to go.

How much did the temperature drop? Absolute Value

Robert Kaplinsky describes the lesson this way: "This lesson uses a time lapse thermometer video as a context for discussing integer operations and absolute value. The video should provide some added meaning to the classic temperature drop problem."

New Resources

Construction Trades Bridge Course

Designed for use in a correctional facility. Students in the course obtain an OSHA 10 certification, obtain an NCCER Introductory Craft Skills certification, and complete the mathematics Number Sense and Geometry components of the ADP.  Improved literacy skills are a primary focus throughout.

Introduction to Healthcare Careers (Metro South)

Provides an overview of entry-level healthcare careers available in four categories – patient care, imaging and diagnostics, administrative and support services, and health information and records – plus an introduction to vocabulary and concepts that are explored more in-depth in higher level career pathways courses.

English for Health, First Aid and CPR Certification

Introduces students to the study of the human body, the healthcare career field and providing first aid and CPR in a health emergency while integrating English, literacy and technology skills.  A licensed CPR trainer will co-teach with an ESL teacher to prepare students to become certified in American Health Association (AHA) CPR, AED & First Aid.

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MN ABE YouTube Channel

The MN ABE YouTube Channel is a free online PD resource that you can use to explore teaching techniques and classroom ideas in action! Find out more in this MN ABE Connect newsletter article.

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Registration Deadline: THU. 9/19/19 Multi-level groups in the ESL classroom offer their own rewards and challenges! In this workshop we will look at low prep differentiated instructional strategies that support the whole class, ones for students who are struggling, and ways to challenge higher level students. Learn More

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Hamline University – Anderson Center
774 Snelling Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104 United States

2019 Math Institute

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774 Snelling Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104 United States

Registration Deadline: FRI. 9/13/19 (NOTE: Registrations after 9/13/19 will incur a $15 late fee) This is a Math Institute you won’t want to miss! We have the opportunity to learn from THREE renowned local and national math experts: Sara Van Der Werf, nationally board-certified teacher and… Learn More

Hamline University – Anderson Center
774 Snelling Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104 United States