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.

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Featured Speaker Spotlight

We are thrilled to welcome Professor Deborah Loewenberg Ball and Professor Maisie Gholson from the University of Michigan as our featured speakers on July 27, 2021, at the MCMI Summer Institute—Moving the Math Forward: Communicating and Connecting in the Mathematics Classrooms

Session Description

Authoring Post-pandemic Mathematics Futures: Learning New Storylines of Black Children’s Mathematics Experiences

The pandemic has reinforced the dominance of deeply-rooted deficit narratives about Black children and families––naming them as behind, struggling, and suffering learning “loss.” In this session, participants will engage in pedagogical practices of imagination, learning how to break with pervasive and persistent racial narratives. Grounded in classroom cases, the session is designed to construct together new storylines about Black children’s experiences and resources, to notice the power of these new storylines, and to use them in seeing, understanding, and relating to students as a new school year approaches.

Learn more about all our session choices at https://mcmi.uic.edu/summer-institute/.

Registration is available on Eventbrite.

Registration is FREE to all administrators and to teachers from schools or districts engaging in services with MCMI for the 2021–2022, 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 Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu) with any questions.

2021-06-29T10:51:14-05:00 June 29th, 2021|Blog|

MCMI Virtual Book Study Week 6

On Wednesday, June 16th we will be discussing Chapters 12–15 of Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics by Peter Liljedahl. Get your copy via Corwin or Amazon.

Join our discussion

  1. Via Zoom from 4pm to 5pm Register here: https://bit.ly/3g4eYnj.
  2. Follow @MetroChicagoMathematicsInitiative on Facebook 
  3. Follow @uic_mcmi on Twitter

Access the pacing guide and discussions question here: https://bit.ly/2Qsh2dU

Questions? Contact Jean Sutow-Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu). 

 #mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2021-06-14T14:25:15-05:00 June 14th, 2021|Blog|

MCMI Virtual Book Study Week 5

On Wednesday, June 9th we will be discussing Chapters 10 and 11 of Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics by Peter Liljedahl. Get your copy via Corwin or Amazon.

Join our discussion

  1. Via Zoom from 4pm to 5pm Register here: https://bit.ly/3g4eYnj.
  2. Follow @MetroChicagoMathematicsInitiative on Facebook 
  3. Follow @uic_mcmi on Twitter

Access the pacing guide and discussions question here: https://bit.ly/2Qsh2dU

Questions? Contact Jean Sutow-Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu). 

 #mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2021-06-07T09:14:21-05:00 June 7th, 2021|Blog|

MCMI Virtual Book Study Week 4

On Wednesday, June 2nd we will be discussing Chapters 7–9 of Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics by Peter Liljedahl. Get your copy via Corwin or Amazon.

Join our discussion

  1. Via Zoom from 4pm to 5pm Register here: https://bit.ly/3g4eYnj.
  2. Follow @MetroChicagoMathematicsInitiative on Facebook 
  3. Follow @uic_mcmi on Twitter

Access the pacing guide and discussions question here: https://bit.ly/2Qsh2dU

Questions? Contact Jean Sutow-Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu). 

 #mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2021-06-02T09:26:19-05:00 June 2nd, 2021|Blog|

Using Technology to Compare Solution Strategies

Coach: Jennifer Leimberer

Grade band: 6–8

8th graders check their understanding by solving problems and then taking, cropping and resizing photos in order to compare solution strategies with their classmates.

2021-06-01T08:57:11-05:00 June 1st, 2021|Blog|

MCMI Virtual Book Study Week 3

On Wednesday, May 26th we will be discussing Chapter 5 and 6 of Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics by Peter Liljedahl. Get your copy via Corwin or Amazon.

Join our discussion

  1. Via Zoom from 4pm to 5pm Register here: https://bit.ly/3g4eYnj.
  2. Follow @MetroChicagoMathematicsInitiative on Facebook 
  3. Follow @uic_mcmi on Twitter

Access the pacing guide and discussions question here: https://bit.ly/2Qsh2dU

Questions? Contact Jean Sutow-Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu). 

 #mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2021-05-24T13:41:08-05:00 May 24th, 2021|Blog|

SolveMe Puzzles

Coach: Jennifer Leimberer

Grade band: 3–HS

Looking for interesting ways to engage and challenge your students? Puzzles are a great way to engage students to think strategically, flexibly, and develop language. SolveMe Puzzles are awesome for late elementary students through high school students. https://solveme.edc.org

2021-05-24T08:42:03-05:00 May 24th, 2021|Blog|

Featured Speaker Spotlight

We are excited to welcome author and international professional development consultant Marian Small as our featured speaker on July 28, 2021, at the MCMI Summer Institute—Moving the Math Forward: Communicating and Connecting in the Mathematics Classrooms.

Meet Marian Small

Marian Small has authored more than 100 resources for teachers and students at the K–12 level. She writes and speaks about K–12 math around the world. Her focus is on teacher questioning to get at the important math, to include and extend all students, and to focus on critical thinking and creativity.

About Ms. Small’s Session

Getting to Know Your Students (Mathematically) 

You have a fresh group of students in front of you this coming year and you want to establish the right personal and academic environment for them as quickly as possible.

What can you do to start the year to provide you the information you need to meet students where they are and move them forward in as non-threatening a way as possible?

We will explore the kind of diagnostic information you might want to gather and how gathering that information through the use of open questions might serve them and you in a very useful way.

Ms. Small will meet with administrators immediately following her session.

Learn more about all our session choices at https://mcmi.uic.edu/summer-institute/.

Registration is available on Eventbrite.

Registration is FREE to all administrators and to teachers from schools or districts engaging in services with MCMI for the 2021–2022, 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 Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu) with any questions.

We look forward to working with you this summer!

2021-05-17T07:48:40-05:00 May 17th, 2021|Blog|

MCMI Virtual Book Study Week 2

On Wednesday, May 19th we will be discussing Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics by Peter Liljedahl. Get your copy via Corwin or Amazon.

Join our discussion

  1. Via Zoom from 4pm to 5pm Register here: https://bit.ly/3g4eYnj.
  2. Follow @MetroChicagoMathematicsInitiative on Facebook 
  3. Follow @uic_mcmi on Twitter

Access the pacing guide and discussions question here: https://bit.ly/2Qsh2dU

Questions? Contact Jean Sutow-Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu). 

 #mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2021-05-17T07:36:17-05:00 May 17th, 2021|Blog|

MCMI Project Director wins ICTM’s Max Beberman Award

Congratulations to our very own Project Director Mary Jo Tavormina on being this year’s winner of the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) Max Beberman Award!

The Max Beberman Mathematics Educator Award honors one outstanding person each year who has made significant contributions to the field of mathematics education through research, curriculum design, or teacher training.

In her years as an educator, both in the classroom and in leadership roles in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and at UIC, Mary Jo has touched the lives of countless students, teachers, and administrators while improving the quality of mathematics education and teacher training at schools and districts throughout the Chicagoland area. In addition to her role as Project Director of the Metro Chicago Mathematics Initiative, Mary Jo is also a collaborator for the Elementary Math Specialists Project with the University of Chicago and DePaul University and the Principal Investigator for the Big Shoulders Fund-UIC Mathematics Initiative. Prior to her time at UIC, she was the Director of Mathematics for the Chicago Public Schools.

Everyone at MCMI is thrilled to see Mary Jo receive this honor.

2021-05-10T13:06:45-05:00 May 10th, 2021|Blog|