It’s finally autumn, and here in Chicago that means there’s a feeling of foreboding in the air about when winter’s going to hit. A small comfort in the changing weather is that it offers some opportunities for winter math activities, specifically those that are relevant to students’ personal experiences.
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Teachers in the Innovations Project have been making use of the Contexts for Learning Investigations, a series of mini-lessons, games, and storybooks based around overarching math learning goals. The developers of this series argue that math time should be an active and creative process, allowing students to learn through experimentation and exploration.
Classrooms with special education concerns pose their own specific challenges. Luckily teachers have strategies to combat these difficulties. Teachers in our Innovations project have been implementing our ideas in their curriculum, and their results have been representative of real-world change in early education classes.