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Differentiating Instruction with Parallel Tasks
by Sarah Lonberg-Lew & Melissa Braaten One of the biggest challenges we face teaching math in adult education classes is having students who vary widely in their readiness, prior knowledge, and reasoning ability. Ask a question of your whole class and some students will have their hands up with the answer before others have made … Continue reading Differentiating Instruction with Parallel Tasks
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)

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TIAN Bundles
  • Number Sense, Flexibility & Fluency
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  • Number Sense: Integers
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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