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BeCALM Division Concepts: Remote-Ready Curriculum for Beginning Math Learners (SABES)

  • 1 Dec 2023
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

BeCALM Division Concepts: Remote-Ready Curriculum for Beginning Math Learners

Overview: Adults who are beginning math learners can sometimes find themselves left behind by HSE curriculum or stuck trying to memorize their way through calculations they don’t understand. BeCALM (Beginning Curriculum for Adults Learning Math) was designed to be a conceptually focused, cognitively rigorous curriculum that supports beginning math learners in developing number and operation sense. 

This online workshop will introduce a curriculum specifically designed to help beginning level math learners develop operation sense using division. This resource can be used for remote or in-person classes and includes a student packet, teacher’s guide, and other downloadable materials. Units include application activities in the context of financial literacy that integrate TSTM (Teaching Skills That Matter) identified skills. 

The BeCALM Division Concepts materials can be viewed here.

Audience: This professional development activity/course is designed for ABE teachers and administrators at all levels of math ability and comfort

Description: During this workshop, you will be introduced to the BeCALM Division Concepts materials and will hear recommendations for their use from the pilot teacher. You will explore some of the math content in the packet, including strategies for teaching partitive (equal sharing) and quotitive (how many ___ in a ___?) forms of division. You will also learn why developing a deep understanding of these two forms of division is important for student success.

Notes: The BeCALM Division Concepts curriculum is meant to follow BeCALM: Multiplication Concepts.

Many of the math activities in this unit are adapted from EMPower Plus, Everyday Number Sense. They were adapted for beginning level learners and for remote teaching. The math content in this unit is designed for students with a math level GLE 24 (CCRSAE Math level A-B). The materials are also appropriate for students with limited literacy levels (reading level GLE 2+).

Please note: Registrants will receive a separate email from Sherry Soares (sherry_soares@terc.edu) from the SABES Math team at TERC with instructions on how to access the Zoom session.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Gain familiarity with the materials and some of the activities in the packet
  • Learn how to introduce partitive and quotitive forms of division to learners at different stages of development
  • Consider language and notation challenges associated with division

Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): Melissa Braaten

Prerequisites: Attending BeCALM Multiplication Concepts workshop (November 17) prior to this workshop is recommended, but not required.


This free workshop is being offered by the SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center

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