Inside Mathematics provides a resource for educators (teachers and administrators) who strive to provide the best mathematics instruction they can for their students. According to their website, “Inside Mathematics opens doors:
- to tested Public Lessons presented to children and groups of observing teachers;
- to guided tours of reflective mathematics practice, identifying what makes teaching, learning, and improving instruction in mathematics a difficult enterprise;
- resources for teachers to improve their practice;
- to mathematics teaching and learning tools and resources to support the daily practices of classroom teachers, math coaches, and administrators; and
- to a professional learning community in which you are invited to open your own classroom and engage in conversation about teaching and learning.
The Inside Mathematics website is organized by:
- Tools for educators;
- Classroom videos;
- Common core resources;
- Problems of the month; and
- Performance assessment tasks.
Although K-12 educators are the site’s targeted audience, Inside Mathematics provides resources that adult educators can use to support the implantation of CCR aligned instruction. To adapt these resources for adult learners, first read the “Permissions” section (under “About”), located at: http://www.insidemathematics.org/about/.
Use the variety of classroom-ready resources with ABE and ASE mathematics students. Search for relevant content by grade level as well as by mathematical strand. Also, watch videos of some of these classroom lessons. The performance assessment tasks include student work samples and a teacher discussion of these samples. These can provide valuable insights into student thinking in relation to the task.
Each “problem of the month” is divided into five levels giving access into different aspects of the problem and stretching students out into mathematical complexity. These different levels of complexity provide useful scaffolding and differentiation tools for teachers of multi-level classes. Note: When using this feature, attend to the grade level for the problems and determine its appropriateness for your students.