Remote Learning Resources

The Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers has the vision of An Excellent Mathematics Teacher for Every Child. During these challenging times, the CRR is providing resources and support for all students, parents, teachers, schools, school districts, and the broader mathematics education community. See the sections below for resources and links. 

Please make sure you are signed up for our listserv in order to receive timely announcements about webinars, workshops, institutes, and other resources.

The resources listed on this web page are for ALL schools, districts, teachers, and families. You do not need to be a partner for these resources and services.


Student Support

Math puzzling and problem solving sessions and homework help for grades K-12 (math and computer science).

Link to student support

Early Learning and Pre-K resource for families


Problems of the week!


Parent and Teacher Resources


Math Menus


Teacher Support

In order to support teachers as they transition to remote learning, the CRR is offering several webinars on a variety of topics. Please click on sessions below to see descriptions and registration links. Once registered, you will be provided with a zoom link and any materials needed for the webinar.

We are trying to be responsive to the changing educational landscape, so if you have suggestions for webinar topics or other support, please contact crr@math.arizona.edu

Interactive Review ideas: The document linked is a Gilbert Public Schools document designed to help teachers refresh and reinforce content in an interactive way.

This model lesson template helps ensure the lesson is interactive and engaging.

State Board of Education guidance on HS credit and grading.

How to run Meet the Teacher remotely before school starts


Past Sessions

Hosted by Melissa Hosten

K-5 families and teachers are working hard to provide quality math time to students. We want to help. Come join us as we share Math Menus for students K-5. We have made THREE WEEKS of options in English and SPANISH for children that support big ideas in mathematics and require no technology. These menus will leverage children’s desire to have fun and explore while at home. Parents, teachers, and others are invited. More menus will be included for as long as we remain home.

Register here!

Hosted by Melissa Hosten

What can Non-Traditional collaborative learning look like in an online environment that encourages engagement? What could student check-ins look like? What might formative assessment look like during this time? Lots of questions will be explored in this introductory-level workshop.

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Hosted by Melissa Hosten

We started exploring circles in week 1, and we have so far to go. I have collected the information from many of the participants. Let's return and turn this data into relationships we can discover and understand.

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Hosted by Melissa Hosten

What are fun activities to learn and discover geometry at home? How can we help parents engage with their students around these ideas? How can we encourage remote collaboration around the big ideas of Geometry? Come and explore!

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Hosted by Melissa Hosten

Ratios are a rich topic in middle grades math. How can we create a remote experience that helps students develop an understanding of ratios and how ratios behave? What kinds of low-tech or remote experiences can support this understanding?

Register here!

Hosted by Melissa Hosten

What are quadratic relationships? How can we begin to make sense of these relationships? What are ways to support an initial understanding of quadratics that builds from our understanding of other relationships?

Register here!

Hosted by Melissa Hosten

What measurement topics can children explore at home? What ways can we engage them in exciting discoveries around measurement? Come and experience home measurement math. **This session will require collecting some tools from around your home, so watch for the emails after you register!

Register here!

Hosted by Justin Powell

As we teach from home, many of us are wondering how to engage our students in authentic mathematical conversation. This workshop will illustrate how to use the Desmos online calculator as a tool to engage our students both as we teach from home and when we return to our classrooms. You will experience a variety of activities for grades 6-8 and learn how to implement them with your students. 

This will mostly be an introductory session to using Desmos, however it will cover helpful strategies for teaching from home. There will be a second Desmos workshop on April 20, 3:30pm (separate registration), for those who want to continue learning and for more experienced users.

Register here!

Hosted by Melissa Hosten

We still have so many games to explore! Come and play games and explore the big ideas of math involved in them. Appropriate for grades K-8.

Register here!

Hosted by Agi Post

Children love playing games, and games are an excellent way to build flexibility and fluency, while reinforcing key understandings. We will use games that require few materials but provide lots of fun! 

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Hosted by Melissa Hosten

Have you noticed that students that are diligent workers can fall behind a little more each year? By Algebra 2 and pre-calculus, their grades are suffering. These students learned procedures without understanding and it's making advanced math difficult. Come and experience a way to make connections between the procedure and the understanding. These strategies work well with students as a tier 2 or 3 intensification.

Register here!

Hosted by Larissa Peru

This webinar is a follow up to the Introduction to Desmos session on April 14. It is intended for those who want to continue learning about the power of Desmos for both synchronous and asynchronous learning. Those with previous experience with Demos are also invited to attend in order to develop ways to modify and create activities.

You will need access to the Desmos web page during the session. You may want to create a teacher  account in advance.

Register here!

How can students explore the entire data cycle through remote learning? Data is an exciting topic, and it is introduced in the middle grades. This session will expose ways that the entire data cycle can become a rich exploration for middle grades students interacting remotely. 

Register here!

Materials: You will need scratch paper and about 50 counters or small pieces of paper. 

What if we never had to teach students the SOHCAHTOA chant? What if they understood circles so well that they could derive the many trigonometric relationships that exist? Come and explore a way to approach trigonometry conceptually as the ideas unfold through an understanding of circles and a little curiosity. **This session was largely inspired by the work of James Tanton**

Register here!

We want to reinforce students' current mathematics skills and understandings, and we know that students learn best from each other. Come and explore how an Escape Room can be simulated during a remote learning session, encouraging students to help each other and learn from each other. 

Register here!

Materials: scratch paper, maybe a calculator, writing utensil, 6 beans or a number cube.

Exploring and solving word problems can seem daunting, and can oftentimes leave students feeling incapable. Converting our word problems to Just Right word problems or to Numberless word problems are two techniques that empower students to take control of their learning and find success. We will share both techniques and consider the benefits and challenges of each.

Materials: You may want to have counters, part-part-whole mats, and some ten frames.

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Systems of equations are an interesting topic that students can dig into through real world contexts. Come and explore some of these ideas and consider ways to encourage your students to do the same.

Materials: Graph paper, scratch paper, 2 colored writing utensils, DESMOS app or graphing utility.

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How can students explore the entire data cycle through remote learning? Data is an exciting topic, and it is introduced in the middle grades. This session will expose ways that the entire data cycle can become a rich exploration for middle grades students interacting remotely. Part 2 will focus on Mean Absolute Deviation and Box plots to better understand data.

Register here!

What is one way to help students build flexibility with fractions? We can help them discover parts of different wholes, which helps them consider and reconsider equal parts of a whole. We can then also help them partition fractions in different ways to find the same equal parts. Students will use overlaying as a way to prove equal parts. BEFORE attending the session, please print out the pattern block template.

Templates

Please also have paper and a pen handy.

Registration Link:

 

 

The Suez Canal and its history of ship collisions is a rich and true way to explore graphs while building an intuitive understanding of slope. This is one of many examples in which graphs are used as tools to solve real issues while telling rich stories. Come and explore a few of these stories while better understanding different types of graphs. 
Materials: bring your camera phone if possible (or learn how to take a screenshot from your computer)

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How can solving super fun puzzles help students think algebraically? Come and explore the hidden aspects of these puzzles and see the treasures within them. We will puzzle together and then analyze our puzzling to uncover the BIG IDEAS of algebraic thinking within them.

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Data analysis and data representation is rich in the early grades. Data is designed to connect to and support scientific inquiry. Come and experience grade-level based data diaries that help students explore science and mathematics together.

**Participants will be asked to come prepared (pre-assignment) with a short data task completed. Expect an email with more details after registering.**

Register here!

This is a repeat of the session offered on April 14. As we teach from home, many of us are wondering how to engage our students in authentic mathematical conversation. This workshop will illustrate how to use the Desmos online calculator as a tool to engage our students both as we teach from home and when we return to our classrooms. You will experience a variety of activities for grades 6-8 and learn how to implement them with your students. This will mostly be an introductory session to using Desmos, however it will cover helpful strategies for teaching from home. There will be a second Desmos workshop on May 7, 4:00pm (separate registration), for those who want to continue learning and for more experienced users. You will need access to the Desmos webpage during the session, so you should create a teacher account in advance.

Register here!

Many of us consider the idea of one more and one less to be a simple idea. However, this is a very important and complex idea that empowers our young learners to open the wonder of our number system! Come and discuss the important ways that we can help young children understand this concept in many ways and using many representations.

Register here!

Materials: Five frame, Ten frame, counters, dot dice if you have them, polygons and 3d shapes if you have them (think about a cereal box, post-it note, and other real objects)

 

How can students explore the entire data cycle through remote learning? Data is an exciting topic, and it is introduced in the middle grades. This session will expose ways that the entire data cycle can become a rich exploration for middle grades students interacting remotely. Part 3 will focus on two types of data and the way different data displays expose and uncover key understandings about the data.

Register here!

Ratios are a rich topic in middle grades math. How can we create a remote experience that helps students develop an understanding of ratios and how ratios behave? What kinds of low-tech or remote experiences can support this understanding?

Register here!

What if we never had to teach students the SOHCAHTOA chant? What if they understood circles so well that they could derive the many trigonometric relationships that exist? Come and explore a way to approach trigonometry conceptually as the ideas unfold through an understanding of circles and a little curiosity. Part 2 will focus on what some call “trig” identities, but what we will call Circle Identities. **This session was largely inspired by the work of James Tanton**

Register here!

What are quadratic relationships? How can we begin to make sense of these relationships? What are ways to support an initial understanding of quadratics that builds from our understanding of other relationships?

Register here!

We want to reinforce students' current mathematics skills and understandings, and we know that students learn best from each other. Come and explore how an Escape Room can be simulated during a remote learning session, encouraging students to help each other and learn from each other. 
Register here!

hosted by Larissa Peru 
This is a repeat of the Introduction to Desmos session offered on April 20. 
This webinar is a follow up to the Introduction to Desmos session on April 30. It is intended for those who want to continue learning about the power of Desmos for both synchronous and asynchronous learning. Those with previous experience with Demos are also invited to attend in order to develop ways to modify and create activities.
You will need access to the Desmos webpage during the session, so please create a teacher account in advance.

Register here!

Many of us consider the idea of one more and one less to be a simple idea. However, this is a very important and complex idea that empowers our young learners to open the wonder of our number system! Come and discuss the important ways that we can help young children understand this concept in many ways and using many representations.

Register here!

Materials: Five frame, Ten frame, counters, dot dice if you have them, polygons and 3d shapes if you have them (think about a cereal box, post-it note, and other real objects)

Number talks are an engaging way to help encourage flexible thinking and flexibility with numbers and strategies. Number talks can be used with remote learning as well as in-person learning at all grade levels. Come and experience ways to facilitate number talks during remote instruction and ways to facilitate them in person while uncovering the many benefits of using number talks with students.

**The examples in the workshop will be using standards from Kindergarten through 5th grade, but teachers in grades above 5th are invited and can learn how this structure can be used at any grade level.**

Register here!

Many of the representations and strategies leveraged in middle and high school courses have beginnings in the elementary school years. What are these strategies and representations? How were they used in elementary school? How can this inform the way I discuss them in middle and high school? Come and explore these ideas and ask lots of interesting questions!!

Register here!

What measurement topics can children explore at home? What ways can we engage them in exciting discoveries around measurement? Come and experience home measurement math. **This session will require collecting some tools from around your home, so watch for the emails after you register!

Register here!

Hosted by Agi Post
Have you ever had students confused as to which operation to use to solve a word problem? Have your students picked an operation to use without knowing why? They may need more support visualizing the word problem. Tape diagrams are a powerful representational tool, helping students understand word problems and the relationships within them. Tape diagrams support problem solving with intentionality. Come and explore how tape diagrams can support your problem solvers!

Register here!

In mathematics we look for the simplest way to understand and discover what we do not yet know. What if we encounter a measurement problem that we cannot directly measure? How then could we be incredibly accurate in order to make informed decisions? Come and explore ways to measure the immeasurable with our friend Pythagoras and using what we know about scaling, transformations, and similarity.

Register here!

Hosted by DaNel Hogan

Experience the beautiful math which allows computers and devices to code and decode messages. See how these lessons can either be taught virtually or in person. Learn some Math POWs (Powerful Opportunities to Wow) to impress your family and friends. (Oh, and also to share with your students.) With modifications, which make these ideas accessible for students from age 3 to 103, there is something for everyone. You will personally walk away with a better understanding of how math is used as the language of computers and how they double check messages for errors so they can correct them. By the end of the STEMinar, you will be able to send secret messages using cards cut out of a cereal box! #STEMontheCheap

Register here!

 

Many of the representations and strategies leveraged in middle and high school courses have beginnings in the elementary school years. What are these strategies and representations? How were they used in elementary school? How can this inform the way I discuss them in middle and high school? Come and explore these ideas and ask lots of interesting questions!!

Register here!

 

Hosted by Agi Post

Have you ever had students confused as to which operation to use to solve a word problem? Have your students picked an operation to use without knowing why? They may need more support visualizing the word problem. Tape diagrams are a powerful representational tool, helping students understand word problems and the relationships within them. Tape diagrams support problem solving with intentionality. Come and explore how tape diagrams can support your problem solvers!

Register here!

 

In mathematics we look for the simplest way to understand and discover what we do not yet know. What if we encounter a measurement problem that we cannot directly measure? How then could we be incredibly accurate in order to make informed decisions? Come and explore ways to measure the immeasurable with our friend Pythagoras and using what we know about scaling, transformations, and similarity.

Register here!

How is Geometry a hierarchical topic? How does understanding the hierarchy of geometric understanding help us better provide experiences to support our students' success with on-level Geometric tasks? What are some simple interventions to help provide experiences students may have missed? Come and explore these ideas for an hour with other teachers asking the same questions you are!

Register here!


CRR Remote Summer Institute: June 22-26, 2020

Summer Institute Announcement and Details