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Meet Danielle Rubel What grades do you teach and/or what is your title/role? What school, district or institution do you work for? What location? I work as an instructional facilitator (coach) at Westmoor School in Northbrook, IL. In my role, I work with staff and students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Prior to becoming an instructional coach, I was a reading specialist and classroom...
Amber Cooper, Content Marketing
The 100th day of school is nigh! This point in the school year is significant for its place value importance, but it also indicates that the school year is more than half over. It is an exciting milestone for children, sometimes a relief for teachers, and a reason to celebrate for all. At MLC, the past few months have given us our own reason to celebrate the growing popularity of our free math...
Kim Markworth, Director of Content Development
Meet Libardo Valencia What grades do you teach and/or what is your title/role? What school, district or institution do you work for? What location? I work as a mathematics teacher at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York. I also work as an adjunct lecturer at CUNY Lehman College in the Bronx, New York. During my career, I’ve had the opportunity to teach a wide range of subjects, from...
Amber Cooper, Content Marketing
The hundreds chart is an amazing tool for counting, skip counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying, exploring patterns, investigating place value, problem solving, and more. The standard hundreds chart – with 10 rows of 10 and starting with 1 in the upper left corner – has been used in elementary classrooms for decades to allow for these very opportunities. In more recent years, charts of...
Patrick Vennebush, Chief Learning Officer
Kim Markworth, Director of Content Development
Meet Angelica MedinaDual Language Elementary Educator at Oak Terrace Elementary in Highland Park, IL What grades do you teach and/or what is your title/role? Grade 3 Dual Language Teacher What school, district or institution do you work for? Location? North Shore School District 112 servicing Highwood and Highland Park, Illinois Who inspired you to become an educator? My third- and fifth-grade...
Amber Cooper, Content Marketing
Meet Josh LabikElementary Educator at Parkside Elementary School in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania What grades do you teach and/or what is your title/role? What school, district or institution do you work for? Location? I am a teacher at Parkside Elementary, currently teaching fifth grade. We are in the Penn-Delco School District located in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania. Who inspired you to become an...
Amber Cooper, Content Marketing
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...
Dan Raguse, Past MLC Executive Director
SEG Measurement, an independent third-party research firm, recently conducted a study of the effectiveness of Bridges in Mathematics using data from the 2015–16 and 2016–17 school years. Approximately 1,000 students from over 40 classrooms participated in the study. Students who used Bridges were statistically matched with students using another elementary mathematics curriculum in a different...
Collin Nelson
We’ve all been through it before. We spend months teaching our students mathematical content and over time, we start to see them making progress. And then all of a sudden winter break sneaks up, seemingly out of nowhere. And when our students return two weeks later, we find it’s stressful to review concepts that we thought were secure, especially knowing that there’s new content to cover. This is...
Our curriculum specialists recently attended a workshop with Jo Boaler, Cathy Williams, and their youcubed team. We left energized by three key messages and affirmed by recognizing how The Math Learning Center addresses them. Math is visual The Math Learning Center grew out of a project funded by the National Science Foundation to improve the teaching of mathematics. Our founders developed a...
Pia Hansen