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The number rack helps build the bridge from counting to computational fluency by inviting students to think about numbers in groups of 2, 5, and 10. Its 2 rows of 5 red and 5 white movable beads allow students to see and slide beads in groups rather than 1 by 1. Just as we want students to move from sounding out words letter by letter to reading morphemes and whole words, we want students to move...
Shelly Scheafer
Now more than ever, families are looking for ways to support their students’ mathematics education. They may not know where to start—the Bridges in Mathematics approach might appear a bit different from the way they were taught math. How can Bridges educators offer families a chance to see what a Bridges classroom looks like? How can they offer ideas and options for fostering their students’ math...
Mike Wallus, Vice President for Educator Support
The 3Rs—Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic—have been foundational in education for thousands of years. My recent book, The Fourth R, adds to that list Reasoning/computational thinking. It concerns using human brains and computer brains, individually and working together, to solve problems and accomplish thoughts. Like each of the traditional 3Rs, computational thinking is both a discipline of study...
David Moursund
The array model, used throughout Bridges, is the subject of “Arrays, Multiplication and Division” by Jennie Pennant from nrich.maths.org. The piece outlines how the array model supports development of a sense of multiplicative relationships and describes how to move students from building multiplication facts and tables to exploring division as the inverse operation of multiplication. The author...
Jami Smith
Elementary mathematics specialists work as teachers, teacher leaders, or coaches and support effective mathematics instruction and student learning at the classroom, school, district, or state levels. The purpose of this scholarship program is to provide support to teachers in their development as elementary mathematics specialists. Winners receive $1,000 to enhance their knowledge, teaching, and...
Rick Ludeman, Chief Executive Officer
Number Corner is a skill-building program that revolves around the classroom calendar. The program features short daily workouts that introduce, reinforce, and extend skills and concepts related to the critical areas of study at each grade level. Click image to view larger. For grade level specific content outlines, including scope and sequence and correlations to the CCSS and TEKS, please visit...
Jami Smith
Math and the Mind's Eye units are a great way to introduce and extend visual models to middle and high school classrooms. This versatile collection can be taught in sequence or used individually as needed to supplement any curriculum. The MME donation program provides up to 25 copies of selected units. Here are the recipients from 2013: Aitkin Public Schools Clovis Municipal School District Eagle...
Jami Smith
Each year The Math Learning Center donates Number Corner classroom kits to districts interested in introducing a supplemental skills development program. Here are the recipients from 2013: Apache Junction Unified School District Ben Hill County Schools
 EAGLE Charter School Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District Good Shepherd Lutheran Academy Holy Child Academy Homer Community Schools...
Jami Smith
The Math Learning Center is pleased to announce the Bridges University Program. “The purpose of this program is to provide the content of Bridges second edition to schools of education as a resource for math related courses,” explained Rick Ludeman MLC president. University instructors may request free access to the Bridges Educator site for themselves and their students. This "teacher portal"...
Jami Smith
"Assessment should be more than merely a test at the end of instruction to see how students perform under special conditions; rather it should be an integral part of instruction that informs and guides teachers as they make instructional decisions." – NCTM Although the role of assessment has become a complex and sometimes charged topic, the daily reality of assessment in the classroom remains both...