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Math Musings: An Adult Numeracy Blog

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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
Paying Attention to Student Work
by Melissa Braaten Effective teaching of mathematics uses evidence of student thinking to assess progress toward mathematical understanding and to adjust instruction continually in ways that support and extend learning.  National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2014[1] The quote above is a good description of “formative assessment” in mathematics, in which assessment information is sought … Continue reading Paying Attention to Student Work

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Suggested Readings

 We've put together a list of some informative readings in the field of numeracy. They are grouped below by topic.

Books on Teaching Math (General)
Number and Operation Sense - General
Number and Operation Sense - Whole Numbers
Number and Operation Sense - Proportion
  • Lesh, R., Post, T., & Behr, M. (1988). Proportional Reasoning. In J. Hiebert & M. Behr (Eds.) Number Concepts and Operations in the Middle Grades (pp. 93-118). Reston, VA: Lawrence Erlbaum & National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Algebra topics
Geometry topics
Data and Statistics