Revisiting Distance Learning with IM K–12 Math™

With the surge of the Omicron variant, many schools are moving back to distance learning. Although we may not be excited to leave our classrooms again, we are better prepared for distance learning this time around.

Most, if not all, educators have experienced teaching remotely at some point over the last year and a half. Many have shared strategies and tools they found helpful. In an effort to support the teaching community as this next wave of distance learning begins, we have curated a collection of blog posts focused on distance learning. We have organized the post around 3 topics: planning for distance learning, adapting teaching moves for distance learning, and additional resources.

Start with one that sounds like a good fit for where you are and what you’re thinking about. The post might anchor your thinking, raise new ideas, remind you of resources you’ve used in the past, or have you question prior practices. After you finish reading, you might want to extend the conversation with a colleague from your school or within an online community like the IM Community Hub.

IM Community Hub

Wondering where to find the IM distance learning resources you’ve used before? Looking for ideas and resources from other teachers on how to use and adapt IM lessons? Both can be found on the IM Community Hub. If you’re not a member, register now and join a community of IM Math users. It’s the place to find existing resources, share resources you’ve made, and discuss with others questions you may have about distance learning. Several of the resources and where to find them are described below.

Planning for Distance Learning 

Although IM lesson activities are designed for students to make sense of and talk about in person, we created resources for teachers to think about how to prioritize content and adapt sections of each unit for distance learning. This includes both asynchronous and synchronous learning. These Section Level Planning Guides are now found on the Hub. Check out these blog posts for an overview of the guides and examples of how teachers have used them in the past.

  • Planning for the Student Experience
    By Sarah Caban and Kristin Gray

    This blog post describes how elementary educators in Portland ME, collaborated with IM K–5 Math authors Sarah Caban and Kristin Gray to plan for in-person and distance learning experiences for students in grades K–5.

To access the Section Level Planning Guides on the Hub, search “Section Level Planning Guide” after logging in or find them under the Resources tab.

Click on the Resources tab and find your grade band.

Find your grade level on the left-side menu and click the plus sign (if there is not a plus, click the course name)

Adapting Teaching Moves for Distance Learning

How do I teach an IM K–12 Math lesson virtually? How do students collaborate and share their thinking? How do I ensure all students have opportunities to do math? Teachers and IM staff have shared different ways they have navigated this challenge and found opportunities to see student thinking in new ways by adapting IM routines and leveraging their pedagogical strengths.

  • IM Distance Learning Webinar
    By Maureen D. O’Connell and Marcelle Good
    This 80-minute webinar for K–12 educators focuses on planning for and enacting robust distance learning.
  • Facilitating the “Choral Counting” Routine Online
    By Janaki Nagarajan
    In this blog post, elementary teacher Janaki Nagarajan shares how she adapted the “choral counting” routine for distance learning, taking into consideration how different choices affirmed her values.

Additional Resources

Need something else? To start, two of our certified partners, Imagine Learning and Kendall Hunt, offer presentation slides for every IM Math lesson. Check out these blog posts from the IM team for other resources and ideas to supplement distance learning.

  • IM Talking Math
    By Kristin Gray
    In this blog post, Kristin Gray describes our IM Talking Math slides, which offer vibrant photos with engaging questions, aligned to K–5 standards. It is a helpful resource for teachers and caregivers to continue math conversations when in-person learning is interrupted. The Section Level Planning Guides (available in the IM Community Hub) also provide recommendations for which slides might work best for the content your students are currently learning.
  • Video Lesson Summaries for Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, and Algebra I (also found on the Community Hub).
    There are illustrated video lesson summaries for sections of lessons in grades 6–8 and Algebra 1.

Next Steps

What “takeaways” do you have from the blog post(s) you read? Did you find a resource you’ve used before? Something new? 

Maybe you want to share something you found with a colleague or chat about how to adapt a resource for your current situation with other educators in the IM Community Hub. In these challenging times, please remember to take care of yourself and reach out to others in your in-person and online communities for support.