Series: About the Collaborative

Creative Math Projects Engage Young Learners

The New York Times examines one of the creative math projects developed by the Early Math Collaborative. The article follows a teacher taking part in our in-person math coaching. She is trying out the lesson Just Right for Me, in which students search the classroom for objects that are the same size as their hands. This gives students the opportunity to practice measurement in a way that is hands-on and personally relevant to them.

As part of the coaching process, the lesson is recorded on video and reviewed with a coach afterwards. The teacher and coach discuss what went well in the lesson, as well as what could be improved for next time.

Just Right for Me is part of our Focus on the Lesson video series, which presents several creative math projects for preschool and kindergarten classes, as well as teachers’ thoughts about the benefits and difficulties of implementing these lessons.

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Source: The New York Times • Copyright: © The New York Times Company • Content ID: LINK044

More in the About the Collaborative series


A Letter from the Director

We have exciting news to share: the Early Mathematics Education Project at Erikson Institute is now the Early Math Collaborative. Our new name illustrates Erikson’s ongoing commitment to supporting high-quality math education for young children—math education that is practical, rigorous, inclusive, culturally aware, and developmentally appropriate.

What do you think?

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    Eileen Smith

    July 9, 2013 at 7:29pm

    How do I view your videos? Eileen

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    Cody Meirick

    July 10, 2013 at 8:07am


    Under the videos there is a “Having video problems?” that you can take a look at. The main suggestion is trying a different web browser or seeing if there are updates to the one you are using. Videos should be viewable in “virtually” most computers and browsers, but there are always possibilities for issues depending on what you are using. Feel free to drop me an email and I could troubleshoot further:


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