General Resources

This page is our compendium of general resources that are applicable across grades.

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Summer Math Work

We've compiled a range of summer activities for students to keep their math brains working over the vacation. Many of these activities come from the EngageNY curriculum, but they are explained so that that families will understand how to use the resources regardless of which curriculum you use in the classroom. Differentiated packets are available.




Teaching Structures

How do we get students talking to each other, reasoning together, and justifying their  ideas to the community? We are developing classroom structures to engage students in these situations and to build agency. We have a video and write-up available of our favorite: Partner Coaching. Let us know if you try it!

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Self-Directed Tasks

What do we do when students are not working on level, but we want them to work independently? Try these! Math Collective teachers have been developing self-directed tasks that allow students to explore concepts and practice skills by making predictions and confirming.


Randall Charles's Big Ideas

In 2005, Randall Charles published an article on Big Ideas and Understandings as the Foundation for Elementary and Middle School Mathematics. These ideas link topics in mathematics, creating a coherent, logical system. All of our thinking holds these ideas in the background.


Next Generation Learning Standards

In 2017, New York State adopted the Next Generation Learning Standards, and set 2020 as the target year for full implementation. We were happy to find that these new standards were only slight revisions to the Common Core. This document highlights all the changes in the new standards and explains our thinking on the significance of each change.