Math Musings: An Adult Numeracy Blog
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Why is Reading Math So Hard? (aka, My attempts to assess why my students struggle to read word problems)
by Melissa Braaten It’s common knowledge that many adult students struggle with word problems – which, incidentally, make up the majority of the questions they will be asked to answer on high stakes HSE exams. Since word problems bring together both language and mathematical reasoning, they require students to use and integrate several skill sets. … Continue reading Why is Reading Math So Hard? (aka, My attempts to assess why my students struggle to read word problems)
Having Realistic Expectations
by Sarah Lonberg-Lew As a math teacher in adult education classrooms, I have never had the experience of having a class of students who had similar educational backgrounds and ability levels. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever met a math teacher of adult learners who has had that experience. And yet, when I plan … Continue reading Having Realistic Expectations
Martha Merson has worked in adult basic education since 1988. She is currently the project director of the NSF-funded iSWOOP project, among others. She was also the PI and project director of the Statistics for Action project. With Marlene Kliman, she contributed to the development of Mixing in Math activities and training resources for afterschool leaders and librarians serving elementary school aged children. Prior to her time at TERC, Merson taught all levels of adult basic education learners and trained volunteers for the Center for Literacy in Philadelphia and then provided staff development on math, social studies, science and writing through the Adult Literacy Resource Institute, Boston Regional System for Adult Basic Education Support Center. Martha holds an MS in organizational leadership and curriculum instruction from the University of Pennsylvania.
Donna Curry is an educator, curriculum developer and professional development specialist with over 25 years of experience in adult education. For the past 15 years, she has focused on math standards development at the national level (Equipped for the Future National Standards and Standards-in-Action projects) and at the state level (including states such as Rhode Island, Washington, Oregon, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Ohio). She has also worked on the National Science Foundation EMPower project and served as co-director for the NSF Teachers Investigating Adult Numeracy (TIAN) project. Most recently she co-developed and implemented the Adult Numeracy Initiative (ANI) project and Adults Reaching Algebra Readiness (AR)2. Donna currently directs the SABES Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy professional development initiative for Massachusetts.
Sherry is the Project Manager of the Adult Numeracy Center. She has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics, with a concentration in ESOL education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and an Ed.M. in Curriculum & Teaching from Boston University. She has also been teaching adult ESOL students for 17 years at various community-based programs in Massachusetts, and currently teaches at the Bridge Program at Harvard University. She enjoys traveling, and hanging out with her nephews.
Heidi Schuler-Jones has worked in adult education for over 10 years. In 2010, she participated in the pilot program of the Adult Numeracy Instruction – Professional Development (ANI-PD) in Georgia and immediately found its techniques, methodologies, and research-based resources to be of tremendous value to her teaching and to the variety of students she saw daily. Heidi currently is an educational consultant and professional development specialist. She works as a LINCS National Trainer for numeracy workshops, ANI-PD, and TEAL and OER STEM online courses. She also facilitates the Adults Reaching Algebra Readiness (AR)2 institutes for TERC.