Teachers are always looking for strategies, resources and information in order to help set up their classroom environment in a more universally designed format. For Alberta teachers, there are several resources already available. One just needs to the time to go through and plan appropriately. Check out the information below to help plan engaging, captivating and relevant learning opportunities for ALL students:
- Review the Alberta Education K-9 Math Program of Studies with Achievement Indicators
- With this document, one can go from the grade level and see specific outcomes above and below that grade level to see what to expect from students
- For example, on pp.32-33 shows that students should “use patterns to describe the world and to solve problems” and see what the expectations are from K-9.
- On p.59, the grade one achievement indicators may be used to determine whether students have met the corresponding specific outcome. P. 66 has grade two, p. 79 is grade three and so on.
- The continuum is organized under the number sense, patterns & relations, spatial sense and statistics & probability strands and was developed by BC teachers to give an overview of the WNCP math program.
- As well, all of our curricula have these continuums, take time to check these out!
- Use the rubrics from the Inclusive Education Library
- This section of the Inclusive Education Library includes grade-level Math Rubrics for assessing student’s understanding of various math concepts. These are to be used at the start of the school year – a great way to gather info on a student and then select the appropriate strategies and supports!
- Review Math Processes
- Alberta Education has produced quality Videos and Fact Sheets on the seven math processes and has developed corresponding parent FAQ handouts. Great to also show students!
- Use performance-based tasks from Alberta Assessment Consortium
- The subscription-based website – http://www.aac.ab.ca/ – offers many opportunities for teachers to take well-developed tasks at any grade level and subject area (math or otherwise).
- Great questions to ask student mathematicians
- For the most part, teachers are comfortable with the math concepts and the activities however they may not have the edge on extending students’ mathematical thinking with specific questions. I find the questions below a good start….
- Check out Inclusive Strategies and Supports (Math) Division I, II, III info
- There are also a variety of Instructional Strategies and Supports available for teachers to use in Language Arts, Math, Differentiated Instruction and Gifted. As this blog is about Math, let’s take a look at the Mathematical Instructional Supports and specific resources associated with the universal, specialized and targeted sections for Division I, Division II and Division III.
- Check out Math Planning Guides
- LearnAlberta has math planning guides at each grade level. Just search for “planning guide” and choose your grade level. These guides are a tool for teachers to use when they are designing units and assessments. They are based on the Understanding by Design process created via Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe.
Review each of these resources, share them with your colleagues, try them at various times throughout the year, plan to use more the following year. All of them will certainly have an impact on how teachers and students interact with math and numeracy in the learning environment.