[Numeracy 100] Re: hello

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Clay, Anne aclay at gntc.edu
Thu Feb 4 14:21:56 EST 2010

In my opinion, the issues are about identifying what works, not focusing on left/right brain assessments. There are so many factors that affect learning, we could spend all our days doing assessments and never get around to teaching. From the basic intake forms and assessments, we should know if a student has problems with math (or anything else for that matter). If the indications are there, begin using other methods! If our brains are in tune, we should know not to keep on doing the “same ole stuff” since we should know what the result will be!

I’ll look for the R/L brain survey unless it crashed with my last computer.


Anne K. Clay, Lead Instructor
Polk Adult Education
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
466 Brock Road
Rockmart, GA 30153
Phone: 770-684-7521
Fax: 770-684-8710
New Email: aclay at gntc.edu

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From: numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov] On Behalf Of Linda Shilling-Burhans
Sent: Wednesday, February 03, 2010 10:07 AM
To: 'The Math and Numeracy Discussion List'
Subject: [Numeracy 96] Re: hello

Hi Jennifer, although yours is geared towards a degree, (and congratulations on that) I think we are all trying to find those tactics and strategies for our work. I really like the 'quickly remediated' part. If you do find that I do hope you'll share. Right now I'm focusing on right brain math and what's interesting is that left brained teachers (in my experience) can't stand it. Seeing numbers in patterns or pictures is messing them up. And those who have already gone the route of drill memorizing are also missing the point. So, I'm starting with the one whom multiplication has eluded. First, determining whether they are right or left brain learners. Not so easy to find a definitive test on that. I took some and got different results every time.
Does anyone out there know of a reliable test for right/left brained learners that can be printed out and evaluated on paper?

Linda Shilling-Burhans
Community Coordinator
Central Vermont Adult Basic Education
Bradford Learning Center

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From: Dudley, Jennifer<mailto:JDudley at pccc.edu>
Date: 2/2/2010 6:19:38 PM
To: 'The Math and Numeracy Discussion List'<mailto:numeracy at nifl.gov>
Subject: [Numeracy 94] hello

My name is Jennifer Dudley. I am currently the Director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Passaic County Community College. Over the past twenty-five years, I have worked at three universities and one other community college. My educational background includes a Master of Arts in Media from the New School for Social Research and an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University. I am currently in the process of finishing my dissertation with the first doctoral cohort for Community College Leadership at Rowan University. My topic is the Community College Student: Preparation for the Math Placement Test. The purpose of my qualitative research study was to discover attitudes and beliefs regarding the value of short-term interventions that could influence and improve math placement scores for community college students at an urban campus. It was my goal to explore possible test preparation tactics and strategies to refresh math skills and/or address minor deficiencies that could be quickly remediated. I looked for pretest and testing strategies that would improve outcomes for math placement that would result in more accurate student placements. I am scheduled to defend on March 31. Any and all assistance is appreciated.

Jennifer Dudley, MBA, SPHR
Continuing Education and Workforce Development
Passaic County Community College
One College Boulevard
Paterson, NJ 07505
Telephone: 973 684 6153
Fax: 973 523 6085

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