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Math Musings: An Adult Numeracy Blog

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Making the Most of Word Problems
by Sarah Lonberg-Lew Whether they’re called word problems, story problems, or problems in context, they usually amount to the same thing – a short story about a character who for some reason needs to know how long it will take to do a task or how much it will cost to go on ten rides … Continue reading Making the Most of Word Problems
How a Health Diagnosis Made My Math Skills All Too Relevant (And Why Math Education Is Critical for Public Health)
A huge international study of adult literacy and numeracy skills (Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, known as PIACC) showed that in the U.S., 30% of adults had numeracy skills at or below level 1, which means they could only perform the most basic, single step, whole number operations.1,2  This could impact the … Continue reading How a Health Diagnosis Made My Math Skills All Too Relevant (And Why Math Education Is Critical for Public Health)

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TIAN Bundles
  • Number Sense, Flexibility & Fluency
  • Operation & Symbol Sense
  • Number Sense: Integers
  • Algebraic Thinking
  • Geometric Thinking

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