This section provides links to professional development professional literature, tools and blogs that we highly recommend and utilize ourselves in our work.
Great books for a book studY
Professional Resources to Deepen Content Knowledge
Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally (7th Edition) (any edition is worth having, but older editions are more cost effective)
Good to Have
Math Reasoning Inventory (MRI) – A resource funded by the Gate Foundation and developed by Marilyn Burns to be used by educators to help determine student misconceptions around number sense and arithmetic concepts at the 5 – 6 grade levels. A rich collection of video samples and a free tool that teachers can sign up to use.
Achieving the Core Coaching Tool – The Instructional Practice Guide Coaching Tool assists teachers, and those who support them, in building understanding about Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-aligned instruction through non-evaluative observation. The Shifts in instructional practice required by the CCSS provide the framing for the Coaching Tool. Designed as a developmental support, the Coaching Tool can be used for collaboration with peers, coaching, and individual reflection.
Quartile Frameworks for Mathematics - This free resource uses quartile measures, similar to Lexile Level in reading, to provide educators with a concrete measure of student readiness to learn specific concepts and can better tailor instruction.
Dr. Nicki's Pinterest Board - Our colleague and collaborator, Dr. Nicki Newton, has an extensive K - 8 Mathematics focused Pinterest Board with over 10,000 pins - all math related!
Math Tasks and word problems tools and collections
2: Dr. Nicki's Guided Math Blog - Our colleague and collaborator states that her blog, "...is a space for all those using and those interested in using Guided Math in k-5 classrooms. It will include pictures from classrooms, short instructional videos of sample lessons, lesson plans, math centers, great websites, podcasts and screencasts." and we would have to agree.
3: Marilyn Burns Math Blog - An educational leader who insights and contributions to the field of the teaching of mathematics is unprecedented has 'retired', but in her spare time blogs. These posts are thought provoking and generally get to the heart of what teachers struggle with on a day-to-day basis when trying meet the needs of all students and understand what student know and understand.
4: Brian Bushart's Blog - A wonderful collection of numberless word problems and great insights on teaching mathematics.
5: Math Running Record Resources - A Padlet developed by Ann Elise Record, a CKingEducation Consultant for use in schools. At CKingEducation we follow the Math Running Record process as outlined by Dr. Nicki Newton from her work Math Running Record In Action.
Articles (or Slide decks) worth seeing
Teaching Math to Children with Special Needs by Joan A. Cotter, Ph.D.