By Michael Ramirez, Senior Coordinator of School Transformation, Elementary Math When I began school as a kindergartener, I absolutely adored math. As a lower elementary school student, I remember relatives asking me what...

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## IM K–5 Math: An End and a Beginning

Jul 13, 2021

By William McCallum On March 20, 2015, I received the following email: Thank you for submitting your proposals to the K–12 OER Collaborative. We are pleased to advise you that Illustrative Mathematics has been selected as a...

## Culturally Responsive Teaching and Math

Jun 30, 2021

By Asya Howlette, Director of Mathematics and Science at Thurgood Marshall Raise your hand if you have been perplexed by professional learning that told you your class needs to be culturally responsive, but left you...

## Fluency Development Within and Across the Grades in IM K–5 Math™, part 4: Multiplication and Division

Jun 7, 2021

By Dionne Aminata, Grade 2–5 Lead Writer and Sarah Caban, Grade 5 Lead Writer“Some students are never given the opportunity to engage with mathematics in rich and meaningful ways that emphasize critical thinking and problem...

## Fluency Development Within and Across the Grades in IM K–5 Math™, part 3: Multiplication and Division

Jun 1, 2021

By Dionne Aminata, Grade 2–5 Lead Writer and Sarah Caban, Grade 5 Lead Writer “The idea of being a ‘math person’ is based on two pervasive world views; first, the so-called ‘fixed’ mindset, that what one knows about math...

## Fluency Development Within and Across the Grades in IM K-5 Math™, part 2: Addition and Subtraction

Apr 27, 2021

By Sarah Caban, Grade 5 Lead Writer and Dionne Aminata, Grade 2–5 Lead Writer"We have to break from the notion that learning mathematics must be a linear and procedural endeavor mastered through rote practice and...

## Fluency Development Within and Across the Grades in IM K–5 Math™, part 1: Addition and Subtraction

Apr 20, 2021

By Sarah Caban, Grade 5 Lead Writer and Dionne Aminata, Grade 2–5 Lead WriterWhen do students practice their math facts? How is math fluency assessed?”—current and prospective IM K-5 Math™ teachers everywhere We...

## The Joy of Fluency

Apr 5, 2021

By William McCallum I'm not a very good skier, but I have once or twice in my life experienced the joy of a perfect run: gliding down the slopes, taking each turn with confidence. And I've had terrible runs where I...

## A Circumference By Any Other Name…

Mar 31, 2021

By Becca Phillips You can’t tell a child “there’s no such thing as monsters” because, well, then, why is there a word for it? I was given this advice when my own daughter was an infant, but I’ve thought a lot about it over...

## Creating Time and Space for Students to Develop Foundational Mathematical Ideas

Nov 16, 2020

By Maureen D. O'Connell “Slow down, you’re moving too fast, you got to make the morning last...” When we consider early childhood mathematics this familiar song comes to mind. In our hurried society where more is more,...

## Making Sense of Story Problems

Oct 27, 2020

by Deborah Peart, Grade 2 Lead Many people have an aversion to word problems. They cringe at the mention of them. In elementary classrooms, teachers often report that this is what their students struggle with most. When...

## Helping Elementary Students Cultivate a Strong Math Community

Aug 18, 2020

by LaToya Byrd and Jenna Laib School looks different this year. It’s easy to focus on the changes that will need to be made—the new practices, the new routines, the new technologies—but we must first focus on our central...

## K–5 Curriculum Design Features that Support Equity and Inclusion

Feb 29, 2020

By Dionne Aminata Before I joined the K–5 curriculum writing team at IM, I was a K–8 regional math content specialist for a public charter organization that largely consisted of Title I schools, or schools receiving federal...

## Storytelling in the IM K-5 Math Curriculum

Jun 4, 2019

By Kristin Gray, Director of K–5 Curriculum & Professional Learning Curriculum "An excellent mathematics program includes a curriculum that develops important mathematics along coherent learning progressions and...

## IM K-5 Math: Designing for Each Student

Feb 26, 2019

By Noelle Conforti Preszler and Kristin Gray In the following activity, think about the students in your classroom. How might each respond? What do you notice? What do you wonder? This activity is the drafted warm-up of the...

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