Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers


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.
This collection supports teachers as they help children develop fluency with number facts in all four operations. The resources take advantage of patterns and number sense, properties, parity, and other connections, to improve retention and transferability. They encourage reasoning and strategic thinking. Several articles and videos suggest specific activities and games that can be incorporated into classroom routines. A unit of lesson plans helps with addition facts and a series of blog entries includes ideas for teaching multiplication facts.
This professional development collection supports teachers as they learn to use problem solving as a vehicle for teaching mathematics. Resources include video clips from actual classrooms, articles that relate helpful techniques and strategies, and several online courses that help teachers to advance problem-solving with their classes. This collection supports Practice Standard 1 and the Problem Solving Process Standard.
This collection assists specialists and teachers as they work to help children make sense of our number system. Resources include several short video clips showing what students are understanding about place value and their possible misconceptions; some interactive and classroom activities teachers can use to assist children to develop their number sense; a research study from Australia on the use of a Base Ten Game; and links to Place Value FAQs from the Math Forum @ Drexel.
This collection helps teachers understand the difficulties students with disabilities may encounter in the classroom. Teachers will learn to recognize, identify and address the signs of learning struggles. Knowing how various disabilities affect learning helps teachers plan lessons to meet specific students' needs. Supplemental videos, articles, resources, and blogs help educators further understand math and language learning disabilities and provide tips on modifying instruction to foster student progress.
This collection supports teachers working with students with learning disabilities or struggling with math in general. Teachers will find resources to engage learners, strategies to enhance problem solving and suggestions for intervention models. When teachers chose appropriate material and technology that reflects students' abilities and preferences, students have a better opportunity to learn new concepts. Several videos, articles and research reports help teachers with strategies and techniques to reach struggling learners more effectively.
This collection includes resources for introducing both discrete (separate objects) and continuous (area model) arrays to young learners. The resources provide suggestions about how to use arrays to introduce students to ways of organizing collections of objects, to repeated addition, to multiplication, to factorization, and to area. Helping young learners to develop a deep understanding of the characteristics of arrays will provide the foundations they will use when learning about multiplication and division, area measurement, and fractions.