Sets of 8: Mathematics

Anna Blakeslee

Continuing with the SEED PAK’s new self-directed learning option, Sets of 8, here is a set of Math specific resources. Sets of 8 are intended to guide learners through a series of resources discussing philosophy and also showing applications of strategies to implement in the classroom. All Sets of 8 resources are housed in the PD Market, allowing you to earn contact hours for license recertification and tracked through RANDA if you have a RANDA account.  In order to receive recertification credit, you must complete the resource by submitting answers to the questions in the Response/Reflection tab.  If all Sets of 8 resources are completed in the PD Market, you can receive 6 recertification credit hours.  If you would like more information about how to complete a PD Market resource and receive recertification hours, please watch the informational video here.     

The second Set of 8 is about, my favorite, Math!  I chose resources that have had the most impact on my thinking about mathematics. The resources have been compiled together with the objectives of:

  • Creating awareness around Growth Mindset (Students ownership, feedback, positive learning environment, etc) in Mathematics

  • Exploring practices that engage students in productive struggle in Mathematics

  • Assisting students to develop awareness through their own process of understanding Mathematics and becoming individuals of their practice

In addition to the 8 resources from the PD Market, I encourage you to use the supporting resources, housed in the Community Garden (and listed below the Set of 8), to find applicable, real-world math tasks.  So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things:

Fluency without Fear

This article by Jo Boaler explores the way we learn math and how that relates to fluency and memorization of math facts. This article is full of research-based evidence on how the brain works when learning math and the differences of memorization.   Dr. Boaler also gives examples of lessons and tasks to be used in the classroom to develop number sense. (0.75 credit hour)


The Science of the Individual

The article captures the idea that there is no such thing as average, that students are individuals.  Diving deeper is a 50-minute Talks at Google video by Todd Rose.  He enlightens on the history and where the individual science came from.  He also describes the three principles of individuality that clarifies how to take advantage of this new science in education, business, and life.  This is not particular to math, but Rose speaks about the concept of developing at one's own pace, which I feel is a big hurdle in mathematics classes. (1.25 credit hours)


Cats on Ladders and First-Person Learning Experiences

In this 16 minutes TEDx video, Ryan Derby-Talbot explains the first person learning experience and how that is achieved by allowing students to work through problems towards mastery and innovation. (0.75 credit hour)


Differentiated Instruction: Helping Every Child Succeed

Short videos and a short article of an elementary school making big gains on a small budget. The videos examine what schools can do differently to help students. This focuses on reteaching and enrichment chunks of time and a scheduled formative assessment based on weekly objectives. (0.75 credit hour)


Brief Guide for Teachers and Administrators; Mathematics Assessment Project

The Mathematics Assessment Project is a collaboration between the University of Nottingham and UC Berkeley.  This booklet is meant to lead teachers and administrators through the process of the Mathematics Assessment Project to utilize the program in the classroom.  Through this process, teachers are guided through lessons and protocols that connect mathematical concepts to greater mathematical understanding for students.  (1.00 credit hours)


My Favorite No

Leah Alcala demonstrates a warm-up activity that provides students immediate feedback on and encourages a growth mindset by examining an incorrect answer in depth. (0.50 credit hour)


Highlighting Mistakes: A Grading Strategy

This seven-minute video show how teacher Leah Alcala moved from assigning grades to highlighting errors on a test.  In this video, she shares how this has shifted students' focus to learning from mistakes.  (0.50 credit hour)


Assess and Group

In this 5 minute video, teacher Jeremy Yager demonstrates how he uses data, summative assessments and relationships to create productive student groups in his middle school math classroom.   (0.50 credit hour)A


This Set of 8 can be found, in its entirety in the Sets of 8: Mathematics Cultivated Set.  


Supporting resources (housed in the Community Garden) that provide usable math tasks:



Yummy Math


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