[Numeracy 16] Re: Welcome to the Math and Numeracy Discussion List

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gerirose2 gerirose2 at aol.com
Thu Jan 21 09:26:50 EST 2010

Hi All!

I'm Geri Anderson-Nielsen, a long-time lurker on these lists! My
undergraduate background is mathematics and I had a long career as a
teacher and a math/technology specialist for grades K-12. For the
past eight years I have been working as a consultant to the National
Center on Education and the Economy, initially to support their work
for the Department of Labor to develop materials in math and literacy
for Job Corps Centers. We have used our materials in Job Corps
Centers and a similar version in GED programs in NYC, Mississippi, and
other places.

I am interested to learn about what other places are doing in math. I
am familiar with the excellent TERC materials but feel they would work
best in a setting where the students come to class regularly over a
period of time--not our experience in the many places we have visited.


On Jan 21, 2010, at 7:02 AM, Denney, Brooke wrote:

> Hello!


> It is my honor to welcome you to the NEW NIFL electronic discussion

> list: Math and Numeracy. My name is Brooke Denney and I am the

> moderator/facilitator of this list. I have an extensive background

> in mathematics (B.S. in Mathematics and 21 hours towards a M.S. in

> Mathematics) and am working towards a doctoral degree in Adult and

> Continuing Education. I am very passionate about math and numeracy

> and believe that we are reaching a crisis level in the United States

> because of our current instructional practices so something has to

> change. This desire to change the way we impact learners has guided

> me to my current position as Instructional Coordinator/Mathematics

> Instructor at Cowley College Adult Education Program.


> Those of you who have signed up for this list have come aboard the

> Math and Numeracy Boat and as we prepare to set sail on our journey

> to many different topics. I ask that you introduce yourself. Then

> perhaps reflect upon the following questions: What are your hopes

> for this discussion list? What skills or knowledge can you share

> with us to deepen our knowledge about mathematics &/or numeracy?

> What ideas can you offer to make this a strong participant-base

> voyage?


> For those of you who are new to the electronic discussion lists, or

> would appreciate a reminder – to post to this list, you can either

> hit reply to a post OR you can send the post to:

> numeracy at nifl.gov . It sometimes takes a few hours before you will

> see your post posted.


> The purpose of this list is to provide an on-going professional

> development forum where adult educators, advocates, researchers,

> policy makers, adult education providers, and others can discuss

> mathematics and numeracy issues in adult basic education and GED

> programs. This list promotes the sharing of information, research,

> expertise, and resources on topics such as motivation and math, math

> skills for GED completion and transitions to post-secondary and

> workplace settings; common math and numeracy instructional issues;

> technology in math education; and current on-line numeracy or math

> classes being piloted in ABE/GED settings. If you had to write a

> purpose for this list-what would you write? What topics would you

> include?


> All thoughts on this list are welcome. We will learn a lot from the

> variety of representatives, range of our experiences, and diversity

> of thoughts from those who are aboard the Math and Numeracy Boat.

> In order to support this effort to learn from each other, we need to

> communicate with a child-like inquiry and curiosity, that fosters a

> mutual respect. Please follow the Netiquette Rules at http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/discussions/list_guidelines.html#netiquettebefore

> posting messages. Thank you.


> I am looking forward to sailing this journey along side you as we

> learn and grow. As you come aboard the ship, please announce who

> you are and what you hope to gain from this list?


> Brooke Denney

> Cowley College Adult Education Program




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