A Framework For Coaching Math Teachers

When planning the rollout of your district’s math program to teachers, coaches, and administrators, creating a unified vision for mathematics is essential.

At Make Math Moments, we facilitate this by guiding educators to actively shape the future of mathematics education in their classrooms. Our approach combines top-down planning with bottom-up feedback to meet in the middle, ensuring that every stakeholder has a voice in the process.

Our coaching at Make Math Moments focuses on what we want to see transformed in our classrooms. This transformation is driven by the mathematical practices we aspire for our students to master, dictating the core of our educational goals. When we look ahead five years, we envision students who are not only engaged in productive reasoning but who also exhibit a productive disposition and strategic competence when solving math problems.

This ideal classroom environment is rooted in effective teaching practices and a strong understanding of mathematical proficiencies. We base our work on well-researched teaching practices (Principles To Action, NCTM) and the five strands of mathematical proficiency (Adding It Up, NRC) as well as many other research based practices to ensure our programs are comprehensive and effective.

We’ve adapted the Learning Mathematical Proficiencies Framework from McGatha and company’s book “Everything You Need For Mathematics Coaching: Tools, Plans, and a Process That Works for Any Instructional Leader.

In the middle stages of our adapted framework, we concentrate on pedagogical shifts necessary for enhancing instructional approaches in mathematics. However, we also prioritize the mathematical proficiencies of the teachers themselves.

It is crucial for teachers to have a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics to effectively guide their students. By focusing on these proficiencies, we help teachers develop the skills they need to foster a supportive and successful learning environment.

Our model, which has been successfully implemented in various districts, emphasizes ongoing learning and planning for a unified vision that supports all stakeholders—students, teachers, and administrators alike. This comprehensive approach ensures that our district improvement programs are effective and that the teaching practices we promote lead to significant educational enhancements.

If your math program hasn’t yet made direct support in teacher capacity building in the areas of conceptual understanding then it might be time to re-think your program’s objectives, key results, and action plans.

For those looking to implement this model or seeking further guidance on enhancing math education in their districts, we encourage booking a discovery call here.

Our goal is to support every educator in making math moments that matter, fostering an environment where mathematical epiphanies are commonplace and profoundly influence pedagogical strategies.


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Each lesson consists of:

Each Make Math Moments Problem Based Lesson consists of a Teacher Guide to lead you step-by-step through the planning process to ensure your lesson runs without a hitch!

Each Teacher Guide consists of:

  • Intentionality of the lesson;
  • A step-by-step walk through of each phase of the lesson;
  • Visuals, animations, and videos unpacking big ideas, strategies, and models we intend to emerge during the lesson;
  • Sample student approaches to assist in anticipating what your students might do;
  • Resources and downloads including Keynote, Powerpoint, Media Files, and Teacher Guide printable PDF; and,
  • Much more!

Each Make Math Moments Problem Based Lesson begins with a story, visual, video, or other method to Spark Curiosity through context.

Students will often Notice and Wonder before making an estimate to draw them in and invest in the problem.

After student voice has been heard and acknowledged, we will set students off on a Productive Struggle via a prompt related to the Spark context.

These prompts are given each lesson with the following conditions:

  • No calculators are to be used; and,
  • Students are to focus on how they can convince their math community that their solution is valid.

Students are left to engage in a productive struggle as the facilitator circulates to observe and engage in conversation as a means of assessing formatively.

The facilitator is instructed through the Teacher Guide on what specific strategies and models could be used to make connections and consolidate the learning from the lesson.

Often times, animations and walk through videos are provided in the Teacher Guide to assist with planning and delivering the consolidation.

A review image, video, or animation is provided as a conclusion to the task from the lesson.

While this might feel like a natural ending to the context students have been exploring, it is just the beginning as we look to leverage this context via extensions and additional lessons to dig deeper.

At the end of each lesson, consolidation prompts and/or extensions are crafted for students to purposefully practice and demonstrate their current understanding. 

Facilitators are encouraged to collect these consolidation prompts as a means to engage in the assessment process and inform next moves for instruction.

In multi-day units of study, Math Talks are crafted to help build on the thinking from the previous day and build towards the next step in the developmental progression of the concept(s) we are exploring.

Each Math Talk is constructed as a string of related problems that build with intentionality to emerge specific big ideas, strategies, and mathematical models. 

Make Math Moments Problem Based Lessons and Day 1 Teacher Guides are openly available for you to leverage and use with your students without becoming a Make Math Moments Academy Member.

Use our OPEN ACCESS multi-day problem based units!

Make Math Moments Problem Based Lessons and Day 1 Teacher Guides are openly available for you to leverage and use with your students without becoming a Make Math Moments Academy Member.

MMM Unit - Snack Time Fractions Unit


Partitive Division Resulting in a Fraction

Shot Put Multi Day Problem Based Unit - Algebraic Substitution


Equivalence and Algebraic Substitution

Wooly Worm Race - Representing and Adding Fractions


Fractions and Metric Units


Scavenger Hunt - Data Management and Finding The Mean


Represent Categorical Data & Explore Mean

Downloadable resources including blackline mastershandouts, printable Tips Sheetsslide shows, and media files do require a Make Math Moments Academy Membership.

Use our OPEN ACCESS multi-day problem based units!