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Summer Math Tips for Parents

Jami Smith

Ah summer! It’s time for tank tops and flip-flops, watermelon and popsicles, and staying cool by any means necessary.

Bridges and FIT Teaching

Cynthia Hockman-Chupp

What makes a teacher great? After years of work in classrooms around the country, Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey believe they have a framework that defines the five elements of good teaching practice. In FIT Teaching, educators:

An Unexpected Lesson

Cynthia Hockman-Chupp

The third graders in Linda Friesen’s class at Gervais (Oregon) Elementary School learned an unexpected lesson during a recent session on area. Although Linda pulled name sticks for random teams, she ended up with one group made up of students who usually excel and another of students who often struggle.

Bridges Intervention Kits Now Available

Collin Nelson
Bridges Intervention materials are now available as complete kits including teacher guides, game and activity components, and manipulatives. This new offering responds to the growing need for intervention programs that provide targeted instruction and support in Tier 2 environments.

Algorithms: Choosing Strategies Strategically

Cynthia Hockman-Chupp

I developed a new appreciation for the power of Bridges strategies when a third grader approached me for help on a worksheet he received in his (non-Bridges) classroom.

Exciting Updates to the Number Line App

Collin Nelson

The Number Line app is already a great tool to help students visualize the relationship among numbers, as well as to demonstrate different strategies for counting, comparing, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing. Now, it’s even better with the addition of some great new features you’ve been requesting!

Mastering the Skills of Estimation

Marion Leonard

Children need lots of practice, with various activities in different settings, to develop a strong sense of number. My kindergartners love an activity I call Estimation Bag. I place a small plastic container inside a canvas bag, and a student adds a single type of object: paperclips, pennies, barrettes, etc. We start with 10 or fewer and increase the quantity to between 10 and 20 after a month or so.