Ascend math is online instruction that gives each student a personalized plan based on their level and helps bridge gaps with its adaptive nature.  The students log in and can see their progress and where they are at with their objectives. 

Teachers have many views to help them understand where their students are at.  Progress monitoring is included with Ascend Math.  Teachers can not only see live progress, but also student summaries, class summaries, and individual progress reports. 

Subjects offered range from early elementary through high school and include:

  • Line plots to display fractional data

  • The concept of perimeter and area models connected to addition

  • Converting metric measurements

  • Solving linear equations

  • Multiplication & division applications of fractions

  • Theoretical and experimental probability

  • Algebra I: solving distance, rate, and time problems

  • Early elementary

An example of multiplication & division applications of fractions shows how visual it is to help introduce practicing the concept:

Flashcard math is offered free and the operation and range can be chosen to fit the student.  I tried it at home with my daughter in Kindergarten:

If you are interested in trying the entire Ascend Math program at home with your own child, you can look into it here, starting at 3 months for $24.99 or 12 months for $59.99.  If you are interested in trying it in your classroom, you get 100 students free for 30 days by signing up for the free trial here.


Looking to renew or progress your certificate?  Check out this document to see options that are available.  Here’s an example of one through Michigan Virtual that is self-paced, online and free:


This game is similar to sudoku in that you can’t have the same number in the same row/column.  But this adds math equations into it.  First you choose the size of your puzzle (from a 3x3 to a 9x9).  Next you choose your operation (addition, addition/subtraction, multiplication/division, or a combination of all four).  Then you choose your difficulty level (easiest, easy, medium, hard).  As a premium member you can also choose a puzzle with no operations, and you have the expert option as well.  To see the online version click here or you can click here for the app.  Educators click here to sign up for weekly emails that give you access to free puzzles to use for your students.



math jokes

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The book will be Building Thinking Classrooms by Peter Liljedahl.  The dates are Wednesdays, January 11th, March 1st, and March 29th from 7:00-8:30 pm.  Register here to participate, SCECHs pending.

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MCTM is looking for a board member in the following region:  1 (Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, Branch).  If you or anyone you know is in this region and interested in becoming more involve, please contact us.



Population Education has some great riddles to help make learning math concepts fun and relevant.  Here’s an example of how to practice exponential growth.  

A father complained that his son’s allowance of $5 per week was too much. The son replied, “Okay, Dad. How about this? You give me a penny for the first day of the month, 2 cents for the second, 4 cents for the next, 8 cents for the next, and so on for every day of the month.” The father readily consented.

Who was the more clever?  What would the son’s allowance be on day 31?

For more riddles click here.

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