New Publication: My Kids Can: Making Math Accessible to All Learners, K-5

May 12, 2009



CAMBRIDGE, MA“What we’ve learned from working with our students who are struggling has made us better teachers for all of the kids. Ideas about sequencing, about not being so quick to explain, about really insisting that kids figure some things out for themselves, that models that work for some kids don’t work for others…teaching them [students who struggle] effectively is teaching the class effectively.”

- Participating Teacher, on My Kids Can

My Kids Can: Making Math Accessible to All Learners, K-5 is a new practitioners’ guide written by classroom teachers and edited by TERC researcher Judy Storeygard. The essays are designed to help K-5 teachers make math accessible for all students—especially focusing on instructional strategies that help students struggling with math advance toward grade-level competency.

In My Kids Can, teachers share their observations and successful methods for engaging their students who need extra support to learn mathematics. Building on the principles of making mathematical thinking explicit; linking assessment and teaching; building understanding through talk; encouraging autonomous learning; and collaborating with special education staff to improve instruction, this guide includes sample dialogue, teaching moves, and assessment strategies.

The instructional techniques outlined in this text are aligned with NCTM standards, and are applicable to one-on-one, small group and whole group settings. The text is supplemented by a DVD that contains footage of teachers demonstrating their techniques in their own classrooms and discussing some of the more difficult questions of practice through reflective interviews. My Kids Can: Making Math Accessible to All Learners, K-5 is available for purchase through Heinemann's website. To purchase, click here.