We as educators face enormous challenges during this difficult time. Tammy and I want to offer our help as fellow teachers, math educators, and users of technology.
In the near term, we are familiarizing ourselves with Zoom as a platform for working remotely with teachers, students, and parents. Over time, we will also look into using Microsoft Teams as well. As a starting point, we can help in 3 ways:
- Teachers. I am available to work with grade level teams who are thinking through the math content they need to teach. We can talk through what concrete, pictorial, and abstract models might be helpful, the progression of skills their students need including prerequisite, current and future skills, and how concepts can be applied and assessed arithmetically and through reasoning and word problems.
- Students. If there is a specific concept or skill your students need help with, I can do a virtual lesson that offers another teaching perspective. If schools are looking for online resources, I can model how my picture books, puzzles, and games might be helpful for building skills. Finally, if you are having trouble visualizing what a virtual lesson might look like, I can model one and help get you started.
- Parents. I have already had lots of requests to do parent sessions, and I think it is some of the most important work we can do. We need to all get on the same page in terms of instruction, and the sooner the better. In the past, I have done hundreds of parent workshops and can work with your parents on specific skills or general approaches to teaching and learning math.
We are currently scheduling 30-minute, virtual Math MEETup during the second half of May. Altogether, we have scheduled more than 200 virtual sessions since schools shut down in March. We have a limited number of opening left and are doing our best to help as many schools as possible.