Math Recovery

A Year of Small Steps - Weeks 25-27

Empty Number Lines

The number line is the most commonly referenced model in the elementary standards, so it makes sense to give students lots of exposure with different types of connections to number lines including the 100 bead string which was featured in weeks 18-21. Teachers often use empty number lines as a way of notating student thinking for a number talk. It's an easy way to model "jump" strategies as explained on pages 31-32 and 135-141.


There is great power in using a representation that students are able to generate on their own! In the CRA (concrete - representational - abstract) sequence, we support students in moving from tactile objects to being able to represent their thinking through sketches, pictures, and gestures. Too often, we try to move students from manipulatives to bare numbers making empty number lines an important transition to support understanding. You can see an early example of this strategy on page 104 with IA 6.6 Number Line Count On.

2018-19 Registration Links & Tentative Dates for 2019-2020



AVMR Course 1 May 22, 30, June 26, 27 (@ Oakland Schools)

AVMR Course 2 May 23, June 4, 19, 20 (@ Oakland Schools)


Tentative dates for 2019/2020:


  • AVMR 1 - October 16, 24 & November 6, 20
  • AVMR 1 - May 12, 21 & June 22, 23 2020
  • AVMR 2 - March 4, 10 & April 21, 30 2020
  • AMVR 2 - May 20, 28, & June 24, 25 2020

Math Recovery Oakland Schools

Dana is leading a cohort of MRIS, Math Recovery Intervention Specialists, this school year and continuing to expand the list of Math Recovery courses Oakland Schools can offer. To contact Dana, mailto:dana.gosen@oakland.k12.mi.us or call her at 248-209-2328.


Shawna has a link with open time slots for building and classroom visits. Once you sign up for a time slot, you will receive confirmation email and request for a little information about your priorities for the time together: individual students, whole/small group instruction, targeted intervention, data & assessment, or "name your own" focus. You can call her at 248-209-2051.