MCMI Team Recommended Instructional Resources for Distance Learning

Are you overwhelmed by all the choices? The MCMI team has pulled together a list of free instructional resources that are focused on supporting students and families during distance learning. Some things we considered:

  • Open-ended and engaging
  • Longer, student-driven lessons
  • Interesting mathematics that focuses on core ideas
  • Opportunities for feedback and/or support through the resource, family or peer interaction.

Bridges: Home Learning Resources (K–5) 

An evolving collection of K–5 activities students can do independently or with the support of families or educators. Includes activity of the day, shorter and longer tasks, a collection of on-line games, and the virtual manipulatives from the Math Learning Center.

Connected Mathematics: CMP at Home (6–8)

An evolving set of resources for teachers and families to support students that are continuing their learning at home. You will find games, videos, and lessons that are easy to implement at home with families.

Counting Collections Routine (K–5)

This is an excellent routine to do at home. Count a collection of ______? Or How many ______ are there? This routine supports students’ development of quantity, number, magnitude, and measurement. Older students might develop ways to efficiently count large quantities (e.g., grains of rice in a bag) or show a quantity. What does _______ look like?

Desmos (3–12)

This is an evolving collection of digital activities and interactives that help students learn math and learn to love math. These activities can be done asynchronously or synchronously, can connect students to the reasoning of others, and provide an opportunity for feedback. Digital activities can be accessed via a phone as well as a computer.

Estimation 180 (K–12)

This is a collection of short videos that challenge students to reason about quantity and measurements. Different ages will access and engage in different ways but always stimulate highly engaging mathematics conversations.

Inside Mathematics: Problems of the Month (K–12)

This is a collection of leveled open-ended problem sets that could be used to engage students in some rich problem solving. Students start with level A and work through as many levels as they can. Ask students to share their solution to one of the levels.

Investigations: Math at Home (K–5)

An evolving collection of K–5 activities families can do at home and access to games that can be done on-line and off-line. Resources in English and Spanish.

Khan Academy (K–12)

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

Math Trailblazers: Longer, Student-Driven Assignments (K–5)

The authors are in the process of curating a collection of longer, student-driven assignments and games that could be done independently or as a family. For example: How many steps does____walk in an hour? Which paper towel holds more water?

NCTM: Problems of the Week (3–12)

This collection of engaging and interesting open-ended problems is an awesome resource for those longer student-driven thought-provoking tasks. Students at different levels can solve the same problem in different ways.

Open Middle (K–12)

Open Middle problems have a “closed beginning” meaning that they all start with the same initial problem, a “closed end” meaning that they all end with the same answer, and an “open middle” meaning that there are multiple ways to approach and ultimately solve the problem.

Three Act Task (K–12)

There are several educators creating and organizing three-act tasks. Graham Fletcher has pulled together links to many of these K–12 educators. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page. Students get to know the problem through an image or video. After students determine and gather the information needed to mathematize the situation, students work to respond. The closure is a video of the situation or problem resolving, so students can check their response. Here is an NCTM article about Three-Act Tasks as well. One educator used a google form to deliver and collect student ideas.

YouCubed at Home Newsletter (K–12)

A weekly newsletter of YouCubed resources modified or highlighted to continue math exploration at home. There are some fun videos, games, and interesting open-ended tasks.

2020-04-13T14:16:51-05:00 April 13th, 2020|COVID-19 Distance Learning|

Building Thinking Classrooms Spring Virtual Book Study Week 6

On June 13th from 4:00–5:00 pm CST we will be discussing Chapters 12–15 from Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics: 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning by Peter Liljedahl. Here is a link to the pacing guide and discussion prompts. 

Visit https://mcmi.uic.edu/virtual-book-studies/ for more information.

#mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2022-06-07T08:42:45-05:00 June 7th, 2022|Blog|

Building Thinking Classrooms Spring Virtual Book Study Week 5

On June 6th from 4:00–5:00 pm CST we will be discussing Chapters 10–11 from Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics: 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning by Peter Liljedahl. Here is a link to the pacing guide and discussion prompts. 

Visit https://mcmi.uic.edu/virtual-book-studies/ for more information.

#mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2022-06-01T09:28:23-05:00 June 1st, 2022|Blog|

MCMI Summer Institute: Registration Open!

Registration is now open for the MCMI 2022 Virtual Summer Institute — Spark Joy in Your Mathematics Classroom.

Visit the Summer Institute Program for choice session information. Registration is available on Eventbrite: http://MCMISummerInstitute.eventbrite.com

Registration costs are contractually covered for schools or districts engaging in services with MCMI for the 2021–2022 or 2022–2023 school year, and available for a fee to all non-MCMI Participants. Please verify your MCMI status and ensure that you have district approval prior to registering.

Please contact Jean Sutow-Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu) with any questions.

We look forward to working with you this summer!

2022-05-23T11:53:34-05:00 May 23rd, 2022|Blog|

Variables and Patterns

Coach: Jennifer Leimebrer

District: Big Shoulders Fund (BSF) School

Grade band: 6th

Grade 6 students match stories, graphs, and tables as they explore relationships between variables. #CMP4 #mcmi_pd

2022-05-23T10:45:39-05:00 May 23rd, 2022|Blog|

Building Thinking Classrooms Spring Virtual Book Study Week 4

On May 23rd from 4:00–5:00 pm CST we will be discussing Chapters 7–9 from Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics: 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning by Peter Liljedahl. Here is a link to the pacing guide and discussion prompts. 

Visit https://mcmi.uic.edu/virtual-book-studies/ for more information.

#mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2022-05-17T08:50:19-05:00 May 17th, 2022|Blog|

Building Thinking Classrooms Spring Virtual Book Study Week 3

On May 16th from 4:00–5:00 pm CST we will be discussing Chapters 5–6 from Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics: 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning by Peter Liljedahl. Here is a link to the pacing guide and discussion prompts. 

Visit https://mcmi.uic.edu/virtual-book-studies/ for more information.

#mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2022-05-11T10:45:41-05:00 May 11th, 2022|Blog|

Math Talk: Area of Shapes

Coach: Jennifer Leimberer

District: Big Shoulder Fund School

Grade Band: 6–8

Get students talking, justifying and reasoning with a Math Talk or Number Talk Routine. Grade six students found a variety of ways to find the area of the polygon and practiced engaging with each other using the question stems. 

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2022-05-09T08:35:58-05:00 May 9th, 2022|Blog|

Building Thinking Classrooms Spring Virtual Book Study Week 2

On May 9th from 4:00–5:00 pm CST we will be discussing Chapters 2–4 from Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics: 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning by Peter Liljedahl. Here is a link to the pacing guide and discussion prompts. 

Visit https://mcmi.uic.edu/virtual-book-studies/ for more information.

#mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2022-05-03T09:02:19-05:00 May 3rd, 2022|Blog|

Building Thinking Classrooms Spring Virtual Book Study Week 1

On May 2nd from 4:00–5:00 pm CST we will be discussing the Introduction and Chapter 1 from Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics: 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning by Peter Liljedahl. Here is a link to the pacing guide and discussion prompts. 

Visit https://mcmi.uic.edu/virtual-book-studies/ for more information.

#mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2022-04-26T09:15:52-05:00 April 26th, 2022|Blog|

Featured Speaker Spotlight: Kathryn Chval—MCMI 2022 Summer Institute

It is with great pleasure that we announce UIC’s very own Dr. Kathryn Chval will lead a special 3-hour workshop to round out or Summer Institute, Spark Joy in Your Mathematics Classroom, on July 28, 2022.

Meet Kathryn Chval

Dr. Kathryn Chval is the Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). Her commitment to educational solutions in education is rooted in her early experiences in under-resourced schools in the U.S. Her research focuses on effective preparation models and support structures for mathematics teachers, effective elementary mathematics teaching for multilingual learners, and curriculum standards and policies.

Her leadership, research, and service have been recognized with several awards, including the TODOS Iris M. Carl Equity and Leadership Award, Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Early Career Award, and National Science Foundation Director’s Award for Program Management Excellence.

About Dr. Chval’s Workshop

Learning from Inspirational Teachers: Positioning Multilingual Learners for Success in Elementary Mathematics

Teachers and leaders have the pivotal responsibility to establish and maintain conditions that facilitate the success and inclusion of children learning mathematics in languages that differ from their first languages—multilingual learners. The positioning of multilingual learners affects their identities, participation, agency, and abilities to develop communicative, social, and academic competencies. Kathryn Chval will share how exceptional teachers establish conditions for student success in elementary school mathematics classrooms. She will discuss specific strategies and images of practice that facilitate access, engagement, and inclusion of multilingual learners. It’s time to reimagine what’s possible, humanize mathematics, celebrate the brilliance multilingual learners bring to mathematics classrooms, and position them as leaders.

Learn More

Additional session information and registration will be available soon. Visit https://mcmi.uic.edu/summer-institute/ for the latest information and updates.

2022-04-20T09:16:27-05:00 April 20th, 2022|Blog|