Check out the latest resources developed by our team! We shared these resources at the ACLS Fall Curriculum Conference, but for those of you who couldn’t attend, we want to be sure you have access to them.
First off, Melissa Braaten has developed an exemplary unit on benchmark fractions. Since many of our students could probably benefit from work on benchmarks, you might want to check out her unit.
We have also developed two new resources to help you make sense of the CCR Math Standards. Number Lines through the CCRSAE shows you how visualizing with number lines runs throughout the CCR Standards. From the earliest level, working with operations with whole numbers to irrational numbers in level D, the use of number lines is encouraged so that students can build conceptual understanding along with procedures. (For even more on this topic, see Melissa’s piece “5 Great Reasons to Teach Number Lines.”)
The second document is a fraction progression. Many of you have seen the traditional workbooks that cover all about fractions in one unit. You know that your students don’t understand all about fractions by the end of that unit; therefore, you have had to spend a lot of time re-teaching fraction procedures. This progress should help you see that fractions are developed over time, not in one unit. Standards involving fractions are also integrated into other domains, including geometry and data.
Many of you have received feedback on the curriculum submissions from this summer and early fall. We hope that you will contact us with questions and concerns. We know it’s not easy to change teachers’ practices, especially if they have not been exposed to new strategies and models. We are willing to come to your region for face-to-face conversations, or we can communicate electronically. Let us know what works best for you.
We are also interested in talking to ESOL programs who have jumped in and started teaching math. We are interested in learning more about the model you are using, and we would like to offer our services if you are interested. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We are in the middle of running two Building a Solid Foundation courses. We plan to offer the next level in the series, Math Concepts, in late winter/early spring. Dates are forthcoming!
We also have a one-day face-to-face workshop EMPower Plus in the Classroom scheduled for January 25. Check it out at http://www.sabes.org/event/1926.
During the winter, we plan to run some virtual offerings, including our popular Mathematizing ESOL series and Questioning Techniquesin the Math Classroom. We also plan to debut our newest offering Analyzing Student Work to Inform Math Instruction. Stay tuned for details.
We invite you to take our Numeracy Needs Assessment Survey so we can better understand what math you are comfortable with and what areas of support you might need. Your responses are confidential. Please spend a little time providing us with some valuable information. You can access the survey at http://tinyurl.com/MathNeedsAssessmentSurvey.
We also want to hear from you about your preferences for PD. Please take a couple of minutes to complete our survey at http://www.sabes.org/content/math-pd-survey-we-want-hear-you. We really want to hear from you.
And don’t forget to check out our blog at https://adultnumeracyatterc.wordpress.com. We update it monthly.