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Rick Ludeman

Are you planning additional coursework to further your expertise in elementary math education? If so, then you should consider applying for the Elementary Math Specialist scholarship sponsored by MLC.

Rick Ludeman

MLC will showcase Bridges Second Edition as well as our growing collection of math apps at NCTM in Denver April 18-20. In addition to exhibiting, we’ll be delivering two product workshop sessions featuring key members of the Bridges development team. We invite you to stop by our booth and hope you will also attend one or more of the presentations by MLC authors, leaders, and staff.

Rick Ludeman

Berrien Springs Public Schools (“Home of the Shamrocks”) in Berrien Springs, Michigan has adopted Bridges Second Edition. A long-time Bridges First Edition site, curriculum team members said they are “true believers” in the program.

Rick Ludeman

Last year I spoke with Shepherd Elementary principal John Farley who was looking for some new math materials. After our conversation he and his staff decided to start with Number Corner and Pia Hansen, MLC director of professional development, led the workshops in August. 

Jami Smith

The Number Rack facilitates the natural development of children’s number sense. Rows of moveable, colored beads encourage learners to think in groups of fives and tens, helping them to explore and discover a variety of addition and subtraction strategies.

Rick Ludeman

Recently I read an ASCD article about fostering creativity that described a technique called visual thinking strategies or VTS. Initially created to explore aesthetic development in children, VTS is a teaching method centered on open-ended yet highly-structured discussions of visual art. It engages students in an enriching experience that not only builds creativity but also develops critical thinking and communication skills.

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