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Cynthia Hockman-Chupp, Curriculum Specialist

Work Places play a critical role for students, providing skills practice with engaging, developmentally appropriate games, independent activities, or more open-ended partner work. Cognizant of the key role they play, and responding to requests from Bridges teachers, MLC has created Digital Work Places, versions of the Digital Display Materials that students can use on their own computers or tablets.

In a two-part blog series, we will explore how these new digital tools might be used during either synchronous or asynchronous instruction, with or without partners. Let’s begin by considering how the Digital Work Places might be used when opportunities for face-to-face interaction are limited.

Cynthia Hockman-Chupp, Curriculum Specialist

In Part 1 of our series on Digital Work Places, we considered how students might use these tools in an asynchronous environment or when partner work isn’t possible. When social distancing ceases to be a focus of concern, students will be able to pair up and work on a single device to play a game, much as they would with a real game board, spinner, or card deck. Until that day arrives, teachers are finding new ways to think about gameplay, even

Mike Wallus, Director of Educator Support

Needless to say, we have received many questions related to instruction for the 2020–21 school year:

  • Should I adjust the Bridges Scope and Sequence to address my students’ needs? If so, how?
  • What Bridges resources should I use to address these needs?
  • What changes can I make regarding hygiene and social distancing?

Cynthia Hockman-Chupp, Special Advisor

As each new school year begins, teachers consider how to help students build confidence with the tools and manipulatives they will use throughout the year. In Work Places, for example, we allow students to explore materials like Unifix cubes, pattern blocks, and dominoes before they use them in actual gameplay. In this relaxed setting, students generate interest and excitement in classroom resources while they investigate materials and establish norms for their use and care.

Rick Ludeman, Chief Executive Officer
To minimize the sharing of physical items in the classroom, and to facilitate hands-on learning opportunities at home, we have created two options for providing students in Bridges schools and districts with their own materials kit: 
    • Student Kits: Each boxed kit provides the key manipulatives and other components needed by one student. 
    • Completer Kits: Additional quantities of selected items that, when combined with existing Bridges classroom kits, provide enough materials to create 30 individual student kits.

Patrick Vennebush, Chief Learning Officer and Nicole Rigelman, Chief Academic Officer

With the end of the school year approaching, districts are making plans for a highly uncertain future. To assist schools and districts with their planning, The Math Learning Center is preparing a collection of resources that can be used whether schools re-open or if remote learning continues.

Rick Ludeman, Chief Executive Officer

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