Bridges Blog Archive for Special Education

How Do I Meet All Those Needs?

If you’re like me, you constantly question how to meet all the needs within your fourth grade classroom.


Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities: 7+ Instructional Practices

In the world of education, math intervention has often taken a backseat, with attention focusing on literacy. As new research points to specific instructional practices that make a difference for children who struggle with math, teaching can change to accommodate their needs.


Engaging Bilingual Families in Math Talk

A recent blog entry highlights Justin Johnson's work with English Language Learners in Portland Public Schools.


Math Talk Using Sentence Frames

In "Teaching English Language Learners with Bridges" we featured the work of Justin Johnson and his colleagues at Portland Public Schools. He continues to encourage language development during student-centered activities.


CCSS Cluster Checklists

Based on the Key Instruction Shifts that prioritized the Common Core State Standard clusters, Director of Professional Development Pia Hansen created checklists of the major clusters by domain for grades K-5.


Teaching English Language Learners with Bridges

Justin Johnson and a team of colleagues from Oregon's Portland Public Schools have developed valuable resources that support academic language development in Bridges. Math TOSA Bonnie Robb writes that as students play partner games during Work Places, "We want students to use mathematical language to explain what they are learning during the game." To that end, the team wrote sentence frames "to support 'math talk' during Work Places.


Work Place Alignment Document

Marie Smerigan, the K-12 Math Coordinator in Farmington, Michigan Public Schools, submitted a document she created for the alignment of Work Places. The document (pdf) includes:


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