All posts by Patricia Helmuth

About Patricia Helmuth

Patricia lives on a farm in upstate New York where she likes to take long walks and watch the flowers and hay grow tall. She also enjoys bird watching, so supplies a ginormous amount of bird seed outside her windows for that purpose. She diligently takes lots of pictures in the summer when her family is putting in the hay, when the birds are visiting, and when the flowers are in bloom. When not taking pictures at home, she can be seen frequently snapping pictures in her class, as she endeavors to capture student thinking and aha moments during their daily math adventures.

Hundreds of Challenging Math Problems Worth Solving

The Mathematical Practices that are in the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education define what it means to be a mathematically proficient student. As adult education instructors, our job is to help our students navigate over the swells in the tempest of their angst until they get to the point where they have enough confidence in their own abilities to weather the sea of mathematics.   
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Welcome to Infographics! A Toolkit to Get You Started

Infographics are everywhere and our students need to develop literacy skills to make sense of them. This resource is a very good way to kickstart an exploration of infographics in your classroom and one you will keep going back to throughout the year.

The California Academy of Sciences has put together an Infographics in the Classroom Teacher Toolkit that employs infographics as a way “for students to practice key science literacy skills”.  If you are new to infographics and would like to know what they are and how to use them in the classroom, this is a great place to start!  Continue reading Welcome to Infographics! A Toolkit to Get You Started

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Deepen Conceptual Understanding in Math with Virtual Manipulatives (and it’s fun!)

The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) is a website that houses a goldmine of visual models and interactive virtual manipulatives for mathematics instruction.  The library began as a project in 1999 with support from the National Science Foundation and was developed at Utah State University. It has since undergone numerous revisions and additions and presently contains over 100 virtual manipulatives. Continue reading Deepen Conceptual Understanding in Math with Virtual Manipulatives (and it’s fun!)

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