[Numeracy 26] Re: numeracy

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Carolyn Dickinson dickins2 at wncc.net
Thu Jan 21 15:44:32 EST 2010


Thank you. I will pass these on to our instructors.

Carolyn Dickinson
Western Nebraska Community College
Scottsbluff, Nebraska

On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 1:00 PM, Kate Nonesuch <Kate.Nonesuch at viu.ca> wrote:


> Hello everyone,

> I've been reading your introductions, and finding that I have much in

> common with many of you--an interest in improving math teaching, a desire to

> connect with others thinking about math and doing math, and for me, a wish

> to be "in the swim" of ideas and events about teaching basic math to adults.

>

> I taught in a community college in British Columbia for many years,

> teaching basic math (whole numbers, fractions, decimals and per cents) to

> adults who came to the literacy program.

>

> One question that always intrigued me was why it is so hard to implement

> teaching strategies that research says will work--you know, use

> manipulatives, do group work, connect it to real life, start with what

> people know, etc. I got a grant to spend a year thinking and talking about

> that question, and one result was the manual Susan referred to in her post,

> *Changing the Way We Teach Math: A Manual for Teaching Basic Math to

> Adults, *available free at

> http://www.nald.ca/library/learning/mathman/mathman.pdf

>

> I also produced an idiosyncratic literature review where I struggled with

> the question of why it is so hard to use those strategies: "More

> Complicated Than It Seems: A Review of Literature about Adult Numeracy

> Instruction," also available free at

> http://www.nald.ca/library/research/morecomp/morecomp.pdf

>

> I'm looking forward to many interesting and in-depth discussions,

> especially of a practical nature. I like discussions that help me figure

> out what to do on Monday.

>

> Kate Nonesuch

> Victoria, BC

> kate.nonesuch at viu.ca

>

>

> ------------------------------

> *From:* Susan Jones

> *Sent:* Thu 1/21/2010 8:19 AM

> *To:* numeracy at nifl.gov

> *Subject:* [Numeracy 17] numeracy

>

>

> I'm Sue Jones, and I provide academic support at Parkland College in

> pre-college courses. We also give some support to people who apply to the

> college, take our assessment test, and don't do as well as they want.

> I'm passionate about making math accessible to more folks who are sure

> they can't do it. I have just printed out Kate Nonesuch's manual for

> teaching math to adults to peruse, and I'm planning on doing at *least* the

> overview for Making Math Real that's coming out to the Chicago area in June.

> My background includes intensive and extensive training in ORton-Gillingham

> methods for reading, and I wanted for years to apply that to math and am

> delighted to see that Maknig Math Real seems to do that.

> I've also been interested in using technology to make the abstractions

> more visual & comprehensible. I think some of the attendance issues could

> be ameliorated by making some of the instruciton and practice and

> reinforcement possible via computer & internet. I'm playing with Camtasia

> but wishing I had the skills with Flash to make things interactive... if

> people will go to Facebook and do Pirates and Mafia Wars, I can't help but

> think they'd play and want to "level up" with math skills, too.

>

> Susan Jones

> Academic Development Specialist

> Center for Academic Success

> Parkland College

> Champaign, IL 61821

> 217-353-2056

> sujones at parkland.edu

> Webmastress,

> http://www.resourceroom.net/

> http://bicyclecu.blogspot.com/

>

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