Professional Development Collections support the growing needs of elementary educators.
These skill and knowledge-building collections are designed around core themes and provide
a set of carefully selected resources, teaching supports and a discussion area.
The resources in this collection are intended to help educators understand and implement the eighth Mathematical Practice Standard of the CCSS. You will find informative presentations, lesson plans, and problem sets that will help establish mathematical habits of mind that support this standard. You'll also find many problem tasks for use with students in the companion classroom collection.
This collection of resources is intended to help educators introduce measurement concepts to primary grade students. The resources assist in teaching the concepts of units of measurement, recognizing measurable attributes, comparing sizes, and estimating measurements. Videos, articles, instructor guides, lessons and unit plans are included. More measurement resources can be found in a companion classroom collection and in a second PD collection for grades 3-5.
This collection of resources is intended to help educators develop measurement skills and understanding in mathematical and real-world contexts. The resources assist in teaching selection of unit, comparing sizes, estimating, calculating elapsed time, and measuring length, angle, area, and volume. Resource types include videos, articles, instructor guides, lessons and unit plans. More measurement resources can be found in a companion classroom collection and in a second PD collection for grades K-2.
This collection helps educators determine best practices for developing their students’ geometric thinking about shape and space. The resources include research and expert commentary about children’s capacity for understanding geometric concepts, as well as teaching suggestions and activities that can be used in the classroom.
This collection provides help for teachers striving to create an environment in which students are empowered to collaborate while solving interesting mathematical problems. When students feel safe in trying new techniques, communicate respectfully, and persist in their efforts, they develop behaviors that support their learning. Several videos and articles showcase techniques and strategies that can be used to help teachers develop a productive classroom culture. This collection supports the Practice Standards and the Process Standards.
This collection is the first of a series that addresses the importance of helping students to construct a solid foundation for fractions. Unit fraction, equal shares, partitioning and iterating, identifying and making wholes are presented as appropriate concepts to begin instruction. Resources include several studies with recommendations for best practices and teaching strategies, as well as some virtual manipulatives to aid implementation. The collection also supports specialists and teachers as they explore ways to address common difficulties and misconceptions.