[Numeracy 59] Announcing Two New Numeracy Courses!

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Kaye Beall kabeall at comcast.net
Mon Jan 25 16:56:29 EST 2010


ProfessionalStudiesAE.org, a partnership of ProLiteracy and World Education,
is pleased to announce the launch of two new online professional development
courses that are part of a six-part series of online courses focused on
effective adult numeracy instruction.

For more information and to register, look for the Numeracy topic at:
www.professionalstudiesae.org <http://www.professionalstudiesae.org/> . If
you have questions, e-mail prodev at proliteracy.org.





Teaching Reasoning and Problem Solving Strategies

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Course Dates: March 1 - April 9, 2010

Course Description

Numerate adults do more than calculate figures. They think about the
relationships between mathematical concepts and real-life situations. They
look for patterns, make predictions, and evaluate their conclusions. They
can form problems, represent them, and solve them. They apply critical
thinking skills. As an instructor, you stimulate their numeracy development
by choosing appropriate problems and guiding students as they try out new
reasoning and problem solving strategies.

This course examines mathematical reasoning and problem solving strategies
and provides numerous teaching strategies and activities that you can apply
to your teaching right away. By the end of the course, you will be able to:

* understand the five processes of the cognitive and affective
component of numeracy that adults use to solve mathematical problems
* build students' comfort and skills in numeracy
* use numerous reasoning and problem-solving strategies and activities
in your own teaching

Course Format and Schedule: facilitated, online. Throughout this course you
will engage in self-paced activities and readings, as well as asynchronous
discussions with the facilitator and course participants.

Course Facilitator: Barbara Goodridge

Estimated Completion Time: approx. 2-3 hours per week; 12 hours total

Prerequisite: Foundations of Teaching Adult Numeracy or equivalent
experience



Number Sense: Teaching About Parts and Wholes

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Course Dates: April 12 - May 21, 2010

Course Description

Teaching students how to use estimation, mental math, benchmarking, and
calculators will enhance their conceptual understanding of numbers and what
numbers represent. This course focuses on helping adult students develop
number sense by addressing two key questions: When is it necessary to have
an exact answer, and when is an estimate sufficient? When calculation is
necessary, which tool is appropriate to use? This course examines how
students develop and apply number sense and provides numerous teaching
strategies and activities that you can apply to your teaching right away.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

* analyze appropriate uses of various computation approaches
(estimation, mental math, calculator, paper and pencil)
* compare and contrast two models for developing a conceptual
understanding of benchmark fractions and their equivalents
* design math activities that are permeated with estimation, mental
math, and reasonableness strategies.

Course Format and Schedule: facilitated, online. Throughout this course you
will engage in self-paced activities and readings, as well as asynchronous
discussions with the facilitator and course participants.

Course Facilitator: Jean Stephens

Estimated Completion Time: approx. 2-3 hours per week; 12 hours total

Prerequisite: Foundations of Teaching Adult Numeracy or comparable
experience

Kaye Beall

Project Director

World Education

kaye_beall at worlded.org

www.worlded.org



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