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Introduction

Of course, as a paraprofessional you are part of the teaching team—and teaching takes time and effort to do well.

Your team members will count on you to help teach some of the math concepts and to use the resources and knowledge you have gained to help you do this important part of your job.  You have gained some of that knowledge and tools by working through this module, and you will continue to gain math teaching “know-how” by working with a mentor or an experienced teaching team.

In the meantime, and in addition, we offer the following content.  We’ve included, among other resources, several videos as a way to illustrate what good math teaching looks like. It’s a good starting place. We also include many other web-based resources (games, slide shows, discussion groups, organizations). 

Good teaching is a higher purpose and we hope you will feel that you are part of that purpose when you gain the knowledge and skills to help you do your best job of teaching math.

This toolkit has four compartments and an Appendix. 

Compartment 1: Links to Videos About Teaching Math to Students with Disabililities

A new teacher talks about learning to teach math to kids with disabilities 
(1 minute; this is difficult work, but you can do it!) 

What is dyscalculia? 

(4 minutes) 

Dyscalculia [diss-kal-CUE-lee-uh]: a specific math disability and how you can recognize it 
(13 minutes, Britain) 

High school math teacher teaching kids with disabilities 
(17 minutes, US; includes kids talking about liking math class) 

This free “course” is focused on the teaching of math to students with learning difficulties in math. There are 8 modules that you can work through at your own pace. Each module has activities to help you dive into the content. Modules 4 and 5 might be of particular interest because those modules focus on teaching strategies that have evidence based on math. 

 

Compartment 2: Resources to Help You Develop “Number Sense,” So You Can More Easily Help Students Do It Too!

Taking a number apart and putting it back together (sports team [British ‘football] and restaurant seating).  Easy. 
(2 minutes, Australia) 

The “fast way” to multiply any 2-digits number up to 100. It’s just one of many examples of number sense in action. The presenter doesn’t explain the logic—he just gives rules. Nice Australian accent, though! See if you can figure out the logic: it’s not too difficult! 
(6 minutes, Australia) 

This is a video (“Harry Restores Balance”) for those who teach and those who learn. It shows number sense as an exploration: a game with elementary-age students. The steps of the game have each number changing to another number. You’ll see that it makes sense.  And it’s not boring or hateful. It also reinforces the message in the module about avoiding winners and losers. 
(3 minutes, US) 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFf2rcb66DM 

A number line activity: more like a teaching routine—but it applies number sense in a step-by-step reasoning process. 
(4 minutes, US) 
http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/math/numbers/number-lines.htm 

This video illustrates “number sense” beyond arithmetic. Quote “Why this is an exciting time to teach math.” TED talk by high school math teacher—pretty good and kind of funny if you know schools well. 
(16 minutes; US) 

Compartment 3: Links to Videos of Elementary and Secondary Math Teaching Putting Ideas and Thinking First, So You Can See It in Actions for Yourself

These links complement the idea of “putting it all together.”  They are not videos, but places you can go to ask questions or find additional sources for reinforcing math lessons.

Edutopia with articles and resources for the teaching of math.
https://www.edutopia.org/subject/math/  

Math Help Forum (high school level). 
http://mathhelpforum.com/

Appendix

As an Appendix to this content, here are a few links to organizations particularly concerned with supporting the instructional work of paraprofessionals. This sites can give you more information about what others outside your school and district are doing for paraprofessionals:

Module: Helping Students Do Math

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