Changes to the Teachers Tab

As part of our continual effort to improve your experience on our website, we are making an update to the Teachers tab that will be implemented tomorrow on the Big Ideas Math website.

Below is a preview of the new Teachers tab. Here you will notice that we have added a light blue box with three separate divisions that contain the new features.

On the left-hand side, you will see Steps 1 and 2. Step 1 prompts you to enter your login information and Step 2 prompts you to select a Big Ideas Math book from the drop-down menu.

Teacher Login Screen

Once you have successfully logged in, the Step 1 area will become gray. You will see two options under your username including My Account and Logout.

Next on Step 2, you will select your textbook from the drop-down menu. Once you have selected a book, the Teacher Resources below the blue box will be unlocked. You can select a different textbook at any time.

You will also see the Technical Support information on the right-hand side of the blue box.

Big Ideas Math Logged In

We hope that these updates will make logging in and selecting a textbook on the Teachers tab more efficient for you!

If you have any questions regarding the changes made to the website, please contact us at (877) 552 – 7766.

Cooperative Group Tip

Here’s a great management technique from Mr. Anthony Ness at Belleview Middle School in Belleview, Florida.

When students are working in cooperative groups, give each group a red, yellow and green paper cup in a stack. Each group keeps the stack of cups face down on the table. If the group is still working then they keep the red cup on top. This lets the teacher know, “Not ready to stop because we are still working”. If they need assistance then they put the yellow cup on top of the stack. Once the group is finished and ready to move on, they place the green cup on top of the stack.

This easy technique allows you the teacher to continuously survey your students and where they are during the assignment.

21st Century Technology in the Math Classroom

Walk into a classroom today and what you will see is very different than what many of us experienced as a student. Today’s students are learning using more technology than ever. Touchscreen tablets, interactive whiteboards, virtual manipulatives, iPads and wireless laptops, to name a few, are the innovative technology items that Mathematics curriculums are now using. These devices enable students to see, hear, touch and, sometimes, experience their assignments. This utilization of technology opens the world to students and brings the outside world in.

A 21st Century Classroom has the following:

• engaged, interactive students
• a variety of available materials and resources
• the use of all available resources
• greater student freedom
• student-centered learning

Big Ideas Learning is excited that our math program, Big Ideas Math, provides students with all of the above. As students work through the program, they are given opportunities regularly to work with their peers utilizing 21st Century technology and materials to discover both the mathematics and how it relates to daily life. We all at Big Ideas Learning truly believe this is the best for Mathematics Education!

Fun for the Entire Family

Big Ideas Math Game Closet

Parents and students, do you have a game night at home?

Try choosing a Game from the Big Ideas Game Closet at least once a month.

All the game pieces, boards, spinners and directions accompany each activity.  Have fun while practicing some math skills.

You may want to begin with Name the Number, a simple activity to identify place value.

Or you may want to race each other while practicing with expressions and substitution.

Whatever game you choose fun is waiting for the entire family.

Now the games in the Big Ideas Game Closet are available in Spanish!