IM Math is a problem-based K-12 math curriculum designed to foster deep, flexible, mathematics learning for all. Students learn by doing math, solving problems in mathematical and real-world contexts, and constructing arguments using precise language. Mathematics is not a spectator sport. The value of a problem-based approach is that students spend most of their time in math class doing mathematics: making sense of problems, estimating, trying different approaches, selecting and using appropriate tools, and evaluating the reasonableness of their answers. They go on to interpret the significance of their answers, noticing patterns and making generalizations, explaining their reasoning verbally and in writing, listening to the reasoning of others, and building their understanding. Teachers facilitate student learning with embedded high-leverage routines to ensure learners know, use, and enjoy mathematics.
Why is MLC promoting this PL for educators?
Because we love to share PL opportunities with Michigan teachers! Better yet, these PL opportunities support the type of teaching and learning of mathematics you’ll find on the Michigan Learning Channel. MLC’s Math Mights is built from the newly released IM K-5 Math. Sixth through ninth graders will learn with IM 6-12 Math on the MLC this summer. And because MLC and MMSLN are partners. Both organizations are dedicated to supporting relevant, deep learning for all of Michigan’s students.
Continued Learning and Support
The Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network (MMSLN) has released the IM Math Professional Learning schedule for spring and summer 2021. As an Illustrative Mathematics certified PL Service Provider, MMSLN offers the support math teachers, coaches, and their instructional leaders need to get ready for teaching and learning with IM Math curricula. We offer a suite of learning experiences designed to take educators on a deep-dive of the curriculum to explore problem-based learning and how they can implement it in their classrooms.
Educators experience IM Math lessons, practice and rehearse key routines, explore various embedded supports for students with disabilities and English language learners, understand assessment materials and begin to use student thinking as a vehicle for productive planning.
Mathematics Educators can select from the PL calendar to craft a comprehensive learning experience for spring and summer. You may do so on your own, or with help from the MMSLN IM PL Coordinator, Danielle Seabold (firstname.lastname@example.org). MMSLN Professional or Organizational members get a 20% discount on all IM PL registrations. Register now through April 1 to receive Early Bird pricing, which provides a 20% discount.
Start with this introductory PL for IM Math and then continue your learning throughout the school year with monthly Unit Overviews (6-12) and quarterly Learning Modules (K-5). Stay tuned for dates on MMSLN’s website
To see all the MMSLN PL events, or to sign up for any listed below, visit the MMSLN Events page on Eventbrite.
- IM K-5 Math Pilot Curriculum Overview for Teachers: March, April, May
- Explore problem-based instruction and how you can implement it in your classroom using the IM K–5 Math curriculum.
- IM K-5 Math Curriculum Overview for School Leaders: March, April, May
- Explore the IM K-5 Math curriculum before your teachers pilot or implement it.
- IM K-5 Math Establishing Instructional Routines: March, April, May
- Get ready to implement the IM K-5 Math curriculum by experiencing key instructional routines and prepping to use them with your students.
- Teach & Learn with Illustrative Mathematics (IM) K-5 Math Academy: June, August
- During this curriculum implementation launch event, teachers and leaders will gain first-hand experience and fluency with IM K-5 Math.
- IM 6-12 Math Curriculum Overview for Teachers: March, April, May
- Get a preview of the IM 6-12 Math curriculum before piloting or implementing it.
- IM 6-12 Math Curriculum Overview for Administrators: March, April, May
- Explore the IM 6-12 Math curriculum before your teachers pilot or implement it.
- IM 6-12 Math Establishing Instructional Routines: March, April, May
- Get ready to implement the IM 6-12 Math curriculum by experiencing key instructional routines and prepping to use them with your students.
- Illustrative Mathematics (IM) 6-12 Math Pilot Unit Overview: March, April
- Explore a unit from the IM 6-12 Math curriculum to pilot with your students.
- Teach & Learn with Illustrative Mathematics (IM) 6-12 Math Academy: June, August
- During this curriculum implementation launch event, teachers and leaders will gain first-hand experience and fluency with IM 6-12 Math.