[Assessment 1443] Re: New way to teach math
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Hi Marie and all,
Maureen Hoyt loaded the reading lessons and others onto the AALL website here in Arizona. Here is the direct link to the page where list members can locate these lessons and others that have been recently aligned with Arizona standards.
I hope you are having a great day!
From: assessment-bounces at nifl.gov [assessment-bounces at nifl.gov] On Behalf Of Marie Cora [marie.cora at hotspurpartners.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 10:05 AM
To: 'The Assessment Discussion List'
Subject: [Assessment 1442] New way to teach math
It’s been quiet on the List lately! I’m sure everyone is quite busy; I have been busy working on organizing some of the discussions that subscribers suggested to me in September. I hope to have an announcement for you all soon on topics that I’ve been able to put together for the List.
In the meantime, I came across this information below and thought I would put it out there for subscribers to read, think about, and respond to. These studies are focused on grade-school age children; however, I found some of the discussion very interesting and thought some of it might be appropriate for working with adults.
So! Do you find that either of these resources could be applicable to adult literacy education? All of either report? Some of either?
Are you familiar with similar efforts that are focused on adults and if so, could you please share this information with us here?
If you feel that this is not informative for adult educators in any way, can you say why?
And finally, do folks have methods or processes they use to diagnose gaps in math skills/abilities with the adults they work with? If so, can you share what you do with us here?
A NEW WAY TO TEACH MATH SHOWS MERIT
Two new studies from Teachers College, Columbia University, examined teacher practices and early outcomes of a dynamic classroom assessment approach known as Proximal Assessment for Learner Diagnosis (PALD). The reports find that sixth graders who were taught by PALD scored significantly higher on standardized math tests than peers who weren't exposed to the method. In addition, fifth graders who participated in the program outperformed their peers in geometry. The method requires teachers to break down math problem solving -- or any academic task they want students to learn -- into a set of connected skills and concepts. Then the teacher assesses student performance at each step to understand precisely where students make errors or show lack of understanding.
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