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What Was Wrong with the Old Way?
Justin Brown

We’ve all had those conversations in which someone laments that math isn’t taught the same way it was “in the good ole days.” Our understanding of best practices in mathematics has changed, and change can be difficult for everyone.

Rick Ludeman

The second edition of Bridges and Number Corner launched in 2013, and since then The Math Learning Center has continued to offer materials and support for first edition users.

what do you notice blog
Spencer Olmsted
I was recently at a workshop where the leader brought up the base-ten area pieces on the document camera. She asked the teachers seated in the audience, “What do you notice?”
Martha Ruttle
In his August 2016 President’s Message, current NCTM President Matt Larson examines the relationship between the growing availability of open educational resources and curricular coherence. He explains that “[a] critical feature of high-quality curricular materials is that they are coherent. Coherence, with respect to mathematics curriculum, generally means that connections are clear and receive emphasis from one year to the next, from one concept to another, and from one representation to another.”
Cynthia Hockman-Chupp

Math vocabulary equips students to understand concepts, extend their learning, and engage in deeper communication. Word Resource Cards help you create a rich environment for mathematical exploration. Here are examples from my own classroom:

Cynthia Hockman-Chupp

While preparing to teach a fifth grade lesson using clock fractions, I ran across a photo on Pinterest that inspired me to try a little paper plate math.

Dan Raguse

Ask people to recall a person who impacted their life, and there's a good chance they will name a teacher. It's not hard to understand why. Great teachers care about the lives of their students, they inspire, encourage, and give more than they take.