Great news! The T-TAC ODU library has been updated with many new math resources for teachers. Descriptions of the most recent math library additions are below. Don’t have a T-TAC ODU library account? You can set up a free account by completing the Library Account Request Form. And, always stay up to date with the… Read More Do You Need More Resources for Teaching Math? Check Out the New Books Available in Our Library
The VDOE has released several new resources to assist educators with mathematics instruction. Just in Time Mathematics Quick Checks Just in Time Mathematics Quick Checks are brief formative assessments that align with the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning. The assessments are designed to help teachers identify unfinished learning and plan for future instruction. The Just… Read More New! 2020 Math Resources from the VDOE
Math Aids (VDOE Accommodation Code 19) are a response accommodation for instruction and assessments available to students with disabilities based on individual needs and must be related to the student’s disability (VDOE, 2019). While Math Aids are generally concrete materials, the transition to virtual learning environments requires some flexibility in their use. Fortunately, free virtual… Read More Using Math Aids in Virtual Learning Environments
Spotlight on High-Leverage Practice 12: Systemically Design Instruction Toward a Specific Learning Goal Systemically designing instruction, at its heart, focuses on choosing what to teach, when to teach it, and how to teach (Council for Exceptional Children, 2019). Three critical elements of systemically designing instruction are: Setting clear instructional goals Logical sequencing of knowledge and… Read More Unpacking Standards to Get to the Heart of Instruction
Solving problems in context, also known as word problems or practical problems, is a challenge for students, especially students with disabilities. This is often because solving word problems requires students to read and understand the problem, identify relevant information, choose an appropriate strategy, solve the problem correctly, and ensure that the answer makes sense (Iris… Read More Spotlight on High-Leverage Practice 14: Teaching Cognitive and Metacognitive Strategies to Support Learning and Independence in Mathematics
The TechKnowledgy Conference in April 2019 introduced many creative technology-based strategies to help students become successful learners. Beth Poss gave a wonderful session, Accessible Mathematics for Early Learners. This session reviewed accessible math manipulatives to help students build a foundation for mathematical thinking. One manipulative resource Beth introduced to the group was the Rekenrek. A Rekenrek is an arithmetic or… Read More Rekenrek? What the Heck??
Math manipulatives are tools that can help students of all abilities explore and understand math concepts. As noted by Anstrom (2006), “selecting and accessing the appropriate tools and processes for students with disabilities is critical to their understanding of mathematics” (p.11). Whether concrete or virtual, manipulatives can be supportive tools for learning. Try it at… Read More Math Manipulatives at Your Fingertips