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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 with multiplication. 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 Teaching Skills That Matter (TSTM)-identified skills.

The BeCALM Multiplication Concepts materials can be viewed here.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ABE teachers and administration at all levels of math ability and comfort.

During the workshop, you will be introduced to the materials and will hear recommendations for their use from the pilot teacher. You will explore some of the math content in the packet, including the use of patterns in multiplication and visual strategies for teaching the Distributive Property. 

Note: 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 2-4 (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 ( 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.
  • Consider how visual and numerical patterns can be used to help students improve their understanding of and fluency with multiplication.
  • Learn strategies for teaching the Distributive Property using visual tools and relevant contexts.
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
03/31/2023 - 9:30 am to 03/31/2023 - 11:00 am

United States

PD Center
SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
ESOL/English Learners
Learning Disabilities / Differences
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
Self-Paced Monthly Offering