Robert Kaplinsky been in education for over 15 years as a classroom teacher, teacher specialist for Downey Unified School District, instructor for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and presenter at conferences around the world.

He understands how frustrating it is when we’re expected to be experts using teaching strategies that we haven’t had enough training on. So, his passion is sharing lessons and resources teachers can use with their students to help them love mathematics.

Robert's Core Beliefs

The easiest way to communicate what drives Robert is by sharing three of his core beliefs:

Teachers have a right to be provided with the support and resources they need to be successful.

The group is smarter than the smartest person in the group. When professionals collaborate, the work they do together is better than the work that any one of them could have done on his or her own.

Professional development should not feel like a waste of time. It needs to go beyond focusing on what to do and howto do it, to include why you would even want to do it. Selling the why separates trainings where teachers think, “That’s nice. I will incorporate it when I have time.” from trainings where teachers leave thinking, “This is absolutely critical to do. I cannot go back to the way I used to do things.”

Videos

Kevin Davis
Mathematics Teacher Trainer

Mathematics

Welcome to the Innovative Teaching & Learning Department’s Mathematics page.

We look forward to offering professional development and support through regional workshops and conferences on-site workshops/study groups/coaching, and group facilitation and planning.

To arrange customized work, please contact us at 315.433.2662 or 315.433.2611.

Standards New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics from EngageNY

Dan Meyer’s Blog: The Three Acts of a Mathematical Story
“Storytelling gives us a framework for certain mathematical tasks that is both prescriptive enough to be useful and flexible enough to be usable. Many stories divide into three acts, each of which maps neatly onto these mathematical tasks.” Check “this” out for a database of all of Dan’s 3-Acts.

Desmos
“We built the best-in-class HTML5 Desmos graphing calculator, which millions of students around the world use for free. That calculator catches stellar reviews in app stores and from happy users on Twitter. We also create activities on top of that calculator, helping students use a powerful tool to experience all the curiosity, beauty, and sense that math has to offer. Those activities were used so often by so many teachers around the world that we decided to create an Activity Builder, helping every teacher create digital math activities that equal and exceed the activities we create ourselves.”

Emergent Math: Common Core Problem Based Curriculum Maps
“The following Problem Based Learning (PrBL) curriculum maps are based on the Math Common Core State Standards and the associated scope and sequences. The problems and tasks have been scoured from thoughtful math bloggers who have advanced our practice by posting their materials online.”

Engaging Math for All Grade Levels
“These 160 math projects, from schools across the US, provide overviews, activities, assessment rubrics, work-product descriptions, and ideas for reflection. Although they vary in format, you can adjust them to your students' learning situation and to curriculum demands.”

Geogebra
“The graphing calculator for functions, geometry, algebra, calculus, statistics and 3d math! Dynamic mathematics for learning and teaching.”

Intel: Designing Effective Projects
“The Designing Effective Projects resource includes a collection of exemplary Unit Plans that integrate technology into classroom projects.” Many, but not all, of these lessons are math focused.

JMAP A database of old Regents questions and Regents exams.

Math Forum
“The Math Forum is a leading center for mathematics and mathematics education on the Internet. Our online community includes teachers, students, researchers, parents, educators, and citizens at all levels who have an interest in math and math education.”

Mathalicious
“Real-world lessons from Mathalicious help middle and high school teachers address the Common Core Standards while challenging their students to think critically about the world.”

Math Twitter Blogosphere - "The MTBoS is an acronym for “Math Twitter Blog-o-Sphere” – it is a community of math teachers who, well, blog and/or tweet and/or read blogs or tweets. Mostly, it’s a hashtag that any math teacher who blogs and/or tweets is encouraged to use! Find out more at http://mathtwitterblogosphere.weebly.com or just follow the hashtag #mtbos on Twitter."

NASA- Explore Space Through Math
“The focus of Exploring Space Through Math project is to promote inquiry through real world applications. Doing so will place students in the role of NASA scientists, engineers and researchers who work in teams to accomplish tasks. This project will promote cooperative learning, problem-solving and the use of technology. Problems in this project follow the 5-E’s Instructional Model with a segment for each phase of instruction - Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend and Evaluate. This model is based on the constructivist approach, which says that learners build or construct new ideas on top of their old ideas.”

Open Middle - "Dan Meyer introduced us to the idea of “open middle” problems during his presentation on “Video Games & Making Math More Like Things Students Like” by explaining what makes them unique:

they have a “closed beginning” meaning that they all start with the same initial problem.

they have a “closed end” meaning that they all end with the same answer.

they have an “open middle” meaning that there are multiple ways to approach and ultimately solve the problem.

Open middle problems require a higher depth of knowledge than most problems that assess procedural and conceptual understanding. They support the Common Core State Standards and provide students with opportunities for discussing their thinking."

Robert Kaplinsky Problem Based Learning Search Engine
“This search engine searches a variety of innovative educator’s sites to quickly help you find a problem-based lesson (also called 3-Act Task, mathematical modeling, or application problem)”

YouCubed at Stanford University
“Dr. Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University and her team have created a website filled with multiple resources for math teachers, “Our main goal is to inspire, educate and empower teachers of mathematics, transforming the latest research on math learning into accessible and practical forms.””

Which One Doesn’t Belong
A collection of images each containing 4 items. Students must come up with reasons why an item does not belong while the other’s do belong

6-8

Standards New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics from EngageNY

Dan Meyer’s Blog: The Three Acts of a Mathematical Story
“Storytelling gives us a framework for certain mathematical tasks that is both prescriptive enough to be useful and flexible enough to be usable. Many stories divide into three acts, each of which maps neatly onto these mathematical tasks.” Check “this” out for a database of all of Dan’s 3Acts.

Desmos
“We built the best-in-class HTML5 Desmos graphing calculator, which millions of students around the world use for free. That calculator catches stellar reviews in app stores and from happy users on Twitter. We also create activities on top of that calculator, helping students use a powerful tool to experience all the curiosity, beauty, and sense that math has to offer. Those activities were used so often by so many teachers around the world that we decided to create an Activity Builder, helping every teacher create digital math activities that equal and exceed the activities we create ourselves.”

Emergent Math: Common Core Problem Based Curriculum Maps
“The following Problem Based Learning (PrBL) curriculum maps are based on the Math Common Core State Standards and the associated scope and sequences. The problems and tasks have been scoured from thoughtful math bloggers who have advanced our practice by posting their materials online.”

Engaging Math for All Grade Levels
“These 160 math projects, from schools across the US, provide overviews, activities, assessment rubrics, work-product descriptions, and ideas for reflection. Although they vary in format, you can adjust them to your students' learning situation and to curriculum demands.”

Geogebra
“The graphing calculator for functions, geometry, algebra, calculus, statistics and 3d math! Dynamic mathematics for learning and teaching.”

Intel: Designing Effective Projects
“The Designing Effective Projects resource includes a collection of exemplary Unit Plans that integrate technology into classroom projects.” Many, but not all, of these lessons are math focused.

Math Forum
“The Math Forum is a leading center for mathematics and mathematics education on the Internet. Our online community includes teachers, students, researchers, parents, educators, and citizens at all levels who have an interest in math and math education.”

Mathalicious
“Real-world lessons from Mathalicious help middle and high school teachers address the Common Core Standards while challenging their students to think critically about the world.”

Math Twitter Blogosphere - "The MTBoS is an acronym for “Math Twitter Blog-o-Sphere” – it is a community of math teachers who, well, blog and/or tweet and/or read blogs or tweets. Mostly, it’s a hashtag that any math teacher who blogs and/or tweets is encouraged to use! Find out more at http://mathtwitterblogosphere.weebly.com or just follow the hashtag #mtbos on Twitter."

Open Middle - "Dan Meyer introduced us to the idea of “open middle” problems during his presentation on “Video Games & Making Math More Like Things Students Like” by explaining what makes them unique:

they have a “closed beginning” meaning that they all start with the same initial problem.

they have a “closed end” meaning that they all end with the same answer.

they have an “open middle” meaning that there are multiple ways to approach and ultimately solve the problem.

Open middle problems require a higher depth of knowledge than most problems that assess procedural and conceptual understanding. They support the Common Core State Standards and provide students with opportunities for discussing their thinking."

Robert Kaplinsky Problem Based Learning Search Engine
“This search engine searches a variety of innovative educator’s sites to quickly help you find a problem-based lesson (also called 3-Act Task, mathematical modeling, or application problem)”

YouCubed at Stanford University
“Dr. Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University and her team have created a website filled with multiple resources for math teachers, “Our main goal is to inspire, educate and empower teachers of mathematics, transforming the latest research on math learning into accessible and practical forms.””

Which One Doesn’t Belong
A collection of images each containing 4 items. Students must come up with reasons why an item does not belong while the other’s do belong

K-5

Standards New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics from EngageNY

Emergent Math: Common Core Problem Based Curriculum Maps
“The following Problem Based Learning (PrBL) curriculum maps are based on the Math Common Core State Standards and the associated scope and sequences. The problems and tasks have been scoured from thoughtful math bloggers who have advanced our practice by posting their materials online.”

Engaging Math for All Grade Levels
“These 160 math projects, from schools across the US, provide overviews, activities, assessment rubrics, work-product descriptions, and ideas for reflection. Although they vary in format, you can adjust them to your students' learning situation and to curriculum demands.”

Graham Fletchy’s 3 Act Lessons
“Graham has been a classroom teacher, math coach, and currently as a district math specialist. Graham’s passion for conceptual understanding through problem-based lessons has led him to present internationally and throughout the United States. He continues to be an advocate for best practice and a change agent for elementary mathematics.”

Intel: Designing Effective Projects
“The Designing Effective Projects resource includes a collection of exemplary Unit Plans that integrate technology into classroom projects.” Many, but not all, of these lessons are math focused.

Math Twitter Blogosphere - "The MTBoS is an acronym for “Math Twitter Blog-o-Sphere” – it is a community of math teachers who, well, blog and/or tweet and/or read blogs or tweets. Mostly, it’s a hashtag that any math teacher who blogs and/or tweets is encouraged to use! Find out more at http://mathtwitterblogosphere.weebly.com or just follow the hashtag #mtbos on Twitter."

Open Middle - "Dan Meyer introduced us to the idea of “open middle” problems during his presentation on “Video Games & Making Math More Like Things Students Like” by explaining what makes them unique:

they have a “closed beginning” meaning that they all start with the same initial problem.

they have a “closed end” meaning that they all end with the same answer.

they have an “open middle” meaning that there are multiple ways to approach and ultimately solve the problem.

Open middle problems require a higher depth of knowledge than most problems that assess procedural and conceptual understanding. They support the Common Core State Standards and provide students with opportunities for discussing their thinking."

Robert Kaplinsky Problem Based Learning Search Engine
“This search engine searches a variety of innovative educator’s sites to quickly help you find a problem-based lesson (also called 3-Act Task, mathematical modeling, or application problem)”

YouCubed at Stanford University
“Dr. Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University and her team have created a website filled with multiple resources for math teachers, “Our main goal is to inspire, educate and empower teachers of mathematics, transforming the latest research on math learning into accessible and practical forms.””

Which One Doesn’t Belong
A collection of images each containing 4 items. Students must come up with reasons why an item does not belong while the other’s do belong.

Leadership

The Mathematics Leadership Network consists of regional district, building and teacher leaders. This group meets several times a year to engage in professional inquiry with the goals of collaboration within and between districts, acquire mathematics information from SED, and to network with mathematics leaders in other districts.

Also, please familiarize yourself with the snapshots and crosswalks for the Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards that you will most closely work with. The Broome-Tioga BOCES Standards document can be found here.