Getting Ready for 2022–23: Back to School Blog Posts

How do you get ready for a new school year? There is a lot to do, physically and emotionally.

We hope you start the 2022–23 school year feeling rested, rejuvenated, and prepared. To support you, we have curated a collection of back-to-school blog posts. These posts are organized around 5 topics: building classroom community, problem-based learning, lesson planning (K–5 and 6–12), instructional routines, and access for all.

Start with one that sparks your curiosity. The post might anchor your thinking, affirm some of your beliefs and practices, raise new ideas, 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. And you might want to check out another one! Our full archive of blog posts is available on 

Building Classroom Community

What do you want your classroom community to look like? Feel like? Establishing norms helps teachers cultivate a community of learners where making thinking visible is both expected and valued. How do you want to start the year?

Problem-Based Learning

Problem-based instruction means believing all students can solve problems on their own, and giving them a chance to try. All IM curricula, K–12, are designed to support this. What might this look like?

Lesson Planning

Let’s dig into lesson planning! Where do you start? What are some important things to keep in mind?



Instructional Routines

Instructional Routines have a predictable structure and flow so that students and teachers can focus on the content. They are designed to invite all students to engage in the mathematics of each lesson. Here are a few examples:

Access for All

All students, each with unique knowledge and needs, enter the mathematics learning community as capable learners of meaningful mathematics. How can educators leverage student strengths to support all students in learning grade-level mathematics?

Next Steps

Which post—or posts!—do you want to explore first? 

After reading, you might want to think about:

  • How did it help you build on, change, or shape your thinking about math teaching and learning? 
  • How can you continue this conversation?
  • What do you want to explore next?