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Scale Diagrams as a Testing Strategy and a Teaching Opportunity
by Melissa Braaten The end of the calendar year is the season for HSE testing, so I’ve had a lot of students looking for test prep recently.  Every practice test seems to include at least one Pythagorean Theorem question with an accompanying diagram, like the one below: Sarah has to drive from her home to … Continue reading Scale Diagrams as a Testing Strategy and a Teaching Opportunity
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

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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