[Numeracy 14] Re: Welcome to the Math and Numeracy Discussion List

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Carla Schoentag carla.schoentag at bc3.edu
Thu Jan 21 08:39:40 EST 2010


My name is Carla Schoentag. I have been working full time as the Transitions Coordinator for Adult Literacy at Butler County Community College for two years. I have a B.S. in Mathematics Education and have taught part-time credit and noncredit classes ranging from basic mathematics to calculus. The main thing that I bring to the table is that I know the skills that students need to be prepared to take credit bearing classes. The main things that I would like to get from this group is more creative ideas on presenting topics & research that is happening in numeracy.


From: numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov on behalf of Denney, Brooke
Sent: Thu 1/21/2010 7:02 AM
To: numeracy at nifl.gov
Subject: [Numeracy 13] Welcome to the Math and Numeracy Discussion List


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#netiquette before 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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