[Numeracy 349] Re: Guest Presenters

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Chip Burkitt chip.burkitt at orderingchaos.com
Fri May 7 11:28:09 EDT 2010


I don't think understanding can be taught; it can only be caught.
Students minds (like all human minds) are always trying to make sense of
things. They can't help trying to understand. It comes naturally.
However, they also often have experience with an instrumentalist view of
education that sees the process of education as cramming facts into a
passive receptacle only to have them regurgitated on a test. This
experience often leads students to seek short-cuts to genuine
understanding through rote memorization of rules and formulas. As
teachers, we are often likewise guilty of pandering to their
get-smart-quick schemes. How do we become more intentional about
teaching in a way that promotes real understanding?

On 5/6/2010 12:58 PM, awayman1 at kirksville.k12.mo.us wrote:

> I agree!! How do you teach understanding instead of rote process?

>

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> From: SUJones at parkland.edu

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> Subject: [Numeracy 342] Re: Guest Presenters

> Date: Thu, 06 May 2010 10:58:07 -0500

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>> I would like to discuss ways to instill math comprehension as well as

>> "decoding," and as I think Michael was saying, how to design and

>> implement practice that fosters comprehension as well as fluency in

>> the procedures, and ways to facilitate transfer of the skills to

>> where they can actually be used appropriately.

>>

>> I'd like to see math be something you do and a way you think, as

>> opposed to a course that you attempt to pass or a gatekeeping ritual.

>>

>>

>>

>> Susan Jones

>> Academic Development Specialist

>> Center for Academic Success

>> Parkland College

>> Champaign, IL 61821

>> 217-353-2056

>> sujones at parkland.edu

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>>>>> "Denney, Brooke"<denneyb at cowley.edu> 5/6/2010 6:04 AM>>>

>>>>>

>> Dear Colleagues:

>>

>>

>>

>> I am in the process of identifying a panel of guests that would

>> enrich the discussion on the Math and Numeracy List. However, I

>> would like to hear from you first on the type of information you

>> would like me to focus this panel on. Therefore, if you would please

>> take a few minutes to respond to the following questions.

>>

>>

>>

>> 1. Have you attended a conference or training on Adult Numeracy

>> &/or Mathematics and felt empowered by what the presenter said? If

>> so, what conference or training did you attend? And what was the

>> presenter's name?

>>

>> 2. Is there a particular area of Adult Numeracy&/or Mathematics

>> that you would be interested in hearing the perspectives from a guest

>> or an expert in that area?

>>

>> 3. What topics would you like to see a richer discussion on?

>>

>> 4. What areas of Numeracy&/or Math do you feel you are

>> deficient in? Or what areas of Numeracy&/or Math do you feel you

>> are passionate about?

>>

>>

>>

>> I appreciate your responses to some or all of these questions. Your

>> answers will assist me to find a panel of guests to meet your needs.

>> Feel free to respond to the post or email me directly at

>> denneyb at cowley.edu<mailto:denneyb at cowley.edu> . Thank you in

>> advance.

>>

>>

>>

>> Best,

>>

>>

>>

>> Brooke Denney, Moderator

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