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The Math Learning Center Blog

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Most of us can recall one or more favorite teachers from school. I encountered my three favorite teachers well along in my educational path. All of them were at one time professors at the University of Oregon, which may or may not have something to do with my love for the Oregon Ducks. Dr. Robert Sylwester was a professor of education, an author, and was widely known for his study of brain...
Meet Fawn Nguyen What grades do you teach and/or what is your title/role? My current role is Math TOSA (teacher on special assignment) for a K–8 school district. I support math teachers and their students. What school, district or institution do you work for? Location? Rio School District, Oxnard, CA What motivates you? My own three children and my students motivate me. They are young people whom...
Meet Shelley Whittaker Elementary Educator at Frank W. Begley Public School in Windsor, Ontario What inspired you to become an educator? First and foremost, my love of kids inspired me to become an educator. Also, I credit two all-star educators in high school—Nancy Lilliman and Rick McInnis literally saved my life. And based on the impact they had on my livelihood, I realized the incredible role...
As teachers, we strive to develop classrooms full of competent, confident mathematicians, and we know the vital role families have in supporting that work. But families, in turn, may also need support. The Math Learning Center’s Mathematical Practice Cards for Families can help. The Mathematical Practice Cards are a simple set of four two-sided cards based on the Math Practice Standards and...
This year more than ever, we here at The Math Learning Center want to express our sincere gratitude to educators. We have watched you meet the challenges of this school year with grace, renewed commitment, resilience, and flexibility. You’ve inspired us with your creativity and innovation as we’ve watched you adjust course to not only support your students’ learning but to build community and...
We often ask students to notice the math in the world around them. On Earth Day, we can ask students to consider how they can have a positive impact on their world by preserving and protecting it. Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22. We’ve created a set of app activities to help you engage your students in mathematics while providing opportunities to discuss the importance of taking care...
If you’re an educator, it’s been hard to miss the buzz about growth mindset and its impact on learning and achievement these past few years. The role families play in shaping children’s beliefs about themselves and their attitudes toward learning is invaluable. Carol Dweck, originator of the term growth mindset, says, “If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to...
During this 1-hour webinar, our curriculum consultants led a guided exploration of the Bridges Intervention resources created for the 2020–2021 school year. Participants experienced a Volume 5 intervention session and engaged with apps, Google Docs, and Work Places. Find the full replay here: This webinar was a follow-up to a previous session on using 2020–2021 resources. The replay for Part 1 of...
The Math Learning Center is excited to offer a selection of Math at Home activities on the Seesaw platform! Seesaw, with its ability to capture student thinking via voice and drawing, is a wonderful tool for Math at Home activities. Math at Home provides families, educators, and students with rich activities to engage in deep mathematical thinking, no matter where their learning happens. The...
It’s spring! The sun is shining, plants are growing, and frogs and bugs abound. At The Math Learning Center, we’ve created some fun app activities with springtime themes to help get your math blooming! Like February’s popular Share the Math Love celebration, each of the following activities includes the Share Your Work feature. You can send students a link or code to access the activity, whether...