IM Preparing for the School Year

There are always so many things to do in preparation for a new school year.  At this point of the summer, to-do lists start getting made, materials get purchased, rooms are organized, and math class planning begins. Whether you are using the IM 6–8 Math curriculum for the first time or entering your second or third year with the program, there are always new things to learn. While the Illustrative Mathematics blog is packed with great information from curriculum authors, teachers, and coaches, it can often be a job in and of itself to narrow down what to read. Continue reading “IM Preparing for the School Year”

Building a Supportive Home/School Partnership



By Kristin Gray, Jenna Laib, Sarah Caban

Open House. Back-to-School Night. Family Welcome. Math Night. No matter what the name of the event that launches the school year, family members will arrive at your school with the same burning questions: What do I need to know to set up my child up for success in math this year? and How can I continue to support them throughout the school year? Continue reading “Building a Supportive Home/School Partnership”

Building a Mathematical Classroom Community

Classroom environments that foster a sense of community that allows students to express their mathematical ideas—together with norms that expect students to communicate their mathematical thinking to their peers and teacher, both orally and in writing, using the language of mathematics—positively affect participation and engagement among all students.

Principles to Action, NCTM

The beginning of the school year offers teachers and students a fresh start full of exciting possibilities. From the first day of class, as we begin to learn about each of the students in front of us, we have the opportunity to set the stage for how learning math will look, sound, and feel throughout the year. We also begin to foster the attitudes and beliefs that are important in shaping a mathematical classroom community in which each and every student is positioned as a capable learner and doer of mathematics, truly believes their voice is valued and heard, and understands that we learn math by doing deep and meaningful mathematics together. Building this classroom community requires a purposeful process that takes time and careful attention. Continue reading “Building a Mathematical Classroom Community”

NCSM and NCTM 2018 Roundup

It was great to see so many of you at NCSM and NCTM. If we missed you, or you weren’t able to attend, read our NCSM and NCTM round-up below.

We enjoyed the conversations we had with those of you that are using the IM 6–8 Math curriculum and are looking forward to High School and Elementary.

Check out some photos and all of the IM presentations below, including Bill McCallum’s The Promise of Open Curriculum.

Which presentations did you attend and which was your favorite? Continue reading “NCSM and NCTM 2018 Roundup”

The Illustrative Mathematics Team Reflect on the 5 Practices

The entire Illustrative Mathematics team spends a lot of time reading about teaching and learning. Most recently, we have been reading—some of us rereading—and reflecting on the 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions by Mary Kay Stein and Margaret Schwan Smith. Members of the team were asked to reflect on the following two questions to share with the Illustrative Mathematics community:

  • What idea stood out to you when reading the 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions?
  • Why do you feel this idea is important?

Continue reading “The Illustrative Mathematics Team Reflect on the 5 Practices”

Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math

Now Available!

It’s a new era for middle school mathematics. Discover a curriculum that elevates mathematics instruction and sparks enjoyment of mathematics for students in a whole new way. Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math is a problem-based core mathematics curriculum for grades 6–8 that develops students’ mathematical thinking skills through questioning, discussion, and real-world contexts and connections.

With state standards at its foundation, Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math supports learning and achievement for all students with built-in differentiation for English language learners, accelerated learners, and those below benchmark. It also fosters learning at home with comprehensive resources for families.

It’s a mathematics curriculum for the 21st century—a curriculum that will prepare students to solve problems, reason, communicate, and think critically in the classroom and beyond.



IM Professional Learning

Support instructional practices that drive student achievement in mathematics



Meaningful shifts in instructional practice require the development of foundational knowledge, modeling of instructional skills, and ongoing feedback and support for teachers. Illustrative Mathematics (IM) offers a suite of Professional Learning Services that provide opportunities for educators to enhance and strengthen their instructional practice and improve learning outcomes for all students.

Support standards-aligned instruction
Provide teachers with the foundational skills and confidence to implement state, college, and career readiness mathematics standards.

Develop deep understanding of coherence
Ensure instructional coherence across lessons and within and across grade levels to provide students with learning experiences that are clear, meaningful, and motivating.

Demonstrate meaningful mathematics discussions
Build teachers’ skills in facilitating mathematics discussions that encourage students to think deeply and share their thinking.

Benefit from the experience of expert educators
Work with IM certified facilitators who have gone through a rigorous qualification process and attended intensive training to deliver impactful professional learning experiences.


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About Illustrative Mathematics

Illustrative Mathematics is based on a mission of creating a world where learners know, use, and enjoy mathematics. Founded in 2011 at the University of Arizona, the organization has operated as in independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization since 2013. Illustrative Mathematics collaborates with and provides guidance to states, districts, curriculum writers, and assessment writers to help improve mathematics education.




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