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#MCTMequity – A Call To Action

A call to action from Sara Van Der Werf, a Minneapolis teacher and the president of the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MTCM) in 2016.

5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions

5 Practices for Orchestrating Mathematics Discussions describes how teachers can facilitate "mathematically productive discussions that are rooted in student thinking." In this posting, you can also find out about one teacher's experiences implementing the strategies in the book.

Balancing the Equation

In this 5-minute talk, Matt Larson addresses the historic pendulum swing in instructional practice, addresses recent concerns about national academic standards and "new math", and suggests what math educators might advocate for today.

Classroom Clock

In this 5-minute Ignite talk, Andrew Stadel addresses strategies for dealing with the limited time each teacher must face. How do we make best use of time in our classroom? How can we approach “squeezing great content into short segments”?

Common Core Sheets

Find hundreds of ready-to-use math worksheets on this website. The worksheets can be searched by grade level, math skill, and type of problem. Math tests and flashcards can also be created.

Content Area Vocabulary

The authors suggest a set of questions to guide teachers decisions about what vocabulary to teach. They also suggest some effective strategies for vocabulary acquisition and integrating language and math.

Designing Systems of Teacher Learning Around Student Work

Description of this recorded webinar: "How do we develop sustained growth in teacher practice in a department? One way is to design a system of teacher learning based on student artifacts. Join Geoff Krall... as he shares experiences and models of student work analysis that lead to better instructional choices and departmental coherence."

E-quip Math Webinars

Below you will find links to the E-quip Math PD Series recordings. These webinars were hosted by ATLAS’s MN Numeracy Initiative (MNI), in partnership with the MN 2014 GED® PD Project, in 2013-2014.

Each of these recorded webinars also included pre-work and post-work for participants to allow them to get the more out of the live webinar time. The available documents, links, and other resources are posted with each recording.

ACCESSING RECORDINGS ON MACS: If you wish to access the recordings from a Mac computer, you’ll need to get the Windows Media Player plugin for Macs.  This is a free download. Get Windows Media Player plugin for Macs >>

E-quip Math Webinars

Below you will find links to the Season 2 E-quip Math PD Series recordings. These webinars were hosted by ATLAS’s MN Numeracy Initiative (MNI), in partnership with the MN 2014 GED® PD Project, in 2014-2015.

ACCESSING RECORDINGS ON MACS: If you wish to access the recordings from a Mac computer, you’ll need to get the Windows Media Player plugin for Macs.  This is a free download. Get Windows Media Player plugin for Macs >>

Elementary Always, Sometimes, Never

In Always, Sometimes or Never, students identify whether a mathematical statement is always true, sometimes true, or never true. This link offers statements appropriate for students in early math levels, but it can be adapted to any level or content by changing the mathematical statement students are working with.

ELL Math

This teacher, who teaches a math class for students who speak very limited English and a variety of primary languages, writes about strategies he is using "so students with a strong mathematical background in their own country can advance while the students with a weak background can get feedback and work on the problems they need."

Equitable Pedagogy: The Key to Students’ Mathematical Reasoning and Sense Making

This 5-minute Ignite talk by Marilyn Strutchens explores the question, What is equity and what could equity and social justice look like in mathematics instruction?

Ever Wonder What They’d Notice?

Asking the right questions and making space for student thinking can change outcomes for students. What can we do as teachers to faciliate their critical thinking and engagement? In this 5-minute Ignite talk, Annie Fetter addresses giving students space to notice and wonder.

Fraction Misconceptions – from Recovering Traditionalist blog

How does the language that teachers use to describe fractions affect students' understanding of fractions? In addition to exploring this question, the writer suggests some strategies for building number sense around fractions, as well as making sense of a Common Core/CCRS standard about fractions.

Getting Started with Effective Math Talk in the Classroom

Using mathematical discussions in the classroom is a powerful way to increase our students’ critical thinking and communication skills. This article explores ways to get your students thinking and communicating mathematically from the very first days of school. The article is written for K-12 teachers, but the language and strategies work well with adult learners.

Global Math Department

A community of smart, skilled instructors who teach math at all levels, and share their materials and ideas. Go to the website and sign up for their email newsletter. Great free resources will come to you each week! The newsletter will bring you information about free, terrific webinars on math instruction.

Great Estimations by B. Goldstone

This picture book both describes estimation strategies and gives interesting, appealing images to practice on. An ABE teacher may scaffold the book by focusing an instructional activity around certain pages.

How to Edit Your Math Pessimism

Students and teacher often have beliefs are counter productive to learning. In this blog post, the author "edits" common statements about learning math that contribute to math anxiety, and re-frames them in ways that are encouraging and honest.

How to Learn Math

How to Learn Math is a free, self-paced class for learners of all levels of mathematics, facilitated by Dr. Jo Boaler. It combines information on the brain and learning with research on the best ways to approach and learn math effectively. It is open to anyone learning math, and is good for instructors as well as students.

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.

Language of Mathematics

The target audience for the Language of Mathematics Exercises is beginning level ABE to Intermediate level ABE students, especially non-native speakers. The exercises help students learn the vocabulary associated with basic math, fractions and percents, basic algebra and geometry. There are 20 quizzes with 10 questions each. Also included are multilingual glossaries for students.

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.

Levels of Learning Mathematics

Developed by Appalachian State University, this resource outlines the levels of learning math proposed by Mahesh C. Sharma: intuitive, concrete/experiential, pictorial/representational, abstract, applications, and communication. The chart explains each level and gives an example of what that level would look like in the classroom.

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."

Math Is Fun

Looking for a definition of a term or a quick explanation of a concept? This is a great place to look things up, either for your own review or for an idea of where to start in your explanation. Just click on the Dictionary tab, or type a word in the search box.

Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM)

This resource is not free, but joining is a good way to connect with math teachers in Minnesota. This is the professional organization of Minnesota math teachers, and is the local chapter of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Teachers may want to consider MCTM's spring conference.


You may notice online resources with MTBOS or #MTBOS. This stands for MathTwitterBlogosphere. Many diverse and wonderful materials, resources, ideas and suggestions are coming from folks who identify as part of or are connected to MTBOS. This search engine is one way to get started exploring resources connected by MTBOS.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

This resource is not free, but joining is highly recommended. This is the professional organization of math teachers nationwide. Their journal has lots of great instructional ideas. 

Numeracy Units: Beginning Level

The Hubbs Center has created a series of Beginning Level Numeracy Units based on real-life applications such as consumerism, temperature, time, health, and work. Find lessons and handouts (in Dropbox folders) under the Numeracy Units link on the main webpage.

Picture Yourself as a Stereotypical Male

How do race, gender, exposure to stereotypes, and classroom demographics impact student performance? Can test anxiety be a result of the experience of bias, and unrelated to actual ability? Can helping students see themselves as "complex, intelligent, talented, individual human selves" impact their academic performance?

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.

Purposeful Numberless Word Problems

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

Radical Equations

The author writes about the connection between math and science literacy and full citizenship/access to power.  The idea that math is a necessary tool for accessing full civil rights may be of interest to many ABE teachers.

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.

Season 1, Episode 1: Exploring the Tools of the Computer-Based Testing Environment

Presented by Amy Vickers (Minneapolis ABE / MN2014 GED® PD Project Coordinator) and Amber Delliger (Metro North ABE)

Season 1, Episode 2: Connecting and Interpreting Graphs and Functions

Presented by Andy Albee (Robbinsdale Adult Academic Program) and Renae Kramer (SW ABE-Granite Falls)

Season 1, Episode 3: Connecting Coordinates, Lines, and Equations

Presented by Amber Delliger (Metro North ABE) and Rebecca Strom (Mankato ABE)

Season 1, Episode 4: Solving Quadratic Equations

Presented by Andy Albee (Robbinsdale Adult Academic Program) and Abby Roza (Adult Options in Education/Hennepin County Corrections)

Season 1, Episode 5: Finding Surface Area and its Related Dimensions

Presented by Rebecca Strom (Mankato ABE) and Renae Kramer (SW ABE-Granite Falls)

Season 2, Episode 1: GED® Specific Updates & Test-Taking Strategies

Presented by Amy Vickers (MNI Senior Consultant) and Amber Delliger (Metro North ABE)

Season 2, Episode 2: Data, Box & Whisker Plots, Graphs of Central Tendency

Presented by Amy Vickers (MNI Senior Consultant) and Andy Albee (Robbinsdale Adult Academic Program)

Season 2, Episode 3: Ratios, Rates, Proportions, and Scale Factor

Presented by Andy Albee (Robbinsdale Adult Academic Program) and Amy Vickers (MNI Senior Consultant)

Season 2, Episode 4: Complex Geometry with New Formula Sheet

Presented by Abby Roza (Adult Options in Education/Hennepin County Corrections), Kristin Knudson, and Amy Vickers (MNI Senior Consultant)

Season 2, Episode 5: Systems of Equality, Inequalities

Presented by Rebecca Strom (Mankato ABE) and Amy Vickers (MNI Senior Consultant)

Season 2, Episode 6: Differentiating Math Instruction in Complex Classrooms

Presented by Danielle Legault (Minneapolis Adult Education) and Abby Roza (Hennepin County Corrections)

Students with Disabilities Can Do Math

Articles, slides, detailed resources and a record of Twitter discussion around this important topic.

The Best Way to Learn Math is to Learn to Fail Productively

Manu Kapur's research finds that students are more successful when teachers allow them to have a period of (teacher-planned) productive struggle with material before the teacher provides direct instruction on the math strategies.

The Problem with Math is English

Molina explores the relationship between mathematical instruction and language. "The Problem with Math Is English explains how language-focused conceptual instruction leads students to a deeper understanding than traditional procedural-based teaching methods."

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.

Thinking Routines

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

Translating Word Problems: Keywords

This article offers recommendations for how students should approach word problems, as well as a list of mathematical terms that indicate specific operations.

Tweet Me, Maybe

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

Why Before How

Teachers can use this book to build the concept of place value, encourage students to consider multiple methods for solving problems, and build real understanding of the meaning behind addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division paving the way to beginning algebra.

Description: “Our main goal is to inspire, educate and empower teachers of mathematics, transforming the latest research on math learning into accessible and practical forms.” Find instructional, ready-to-use materials at different levels; tasks are searchable by math topic, grade and mathematical practice.

College & Career Readiness (CCR) Math Standards

Looking for more specific information about the College & Career Readiness (CCR) Math Standards? Check out the CCRS Math Resources section of the CCR Standards resource library!