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Math Musings: An Adult Numeracy Blog

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Rethinking Placement Testing
by Melissa Braaten We all know that first impressions matter. Students start forming an impression of their program, class, and teacher from their first interactions during intake, which usually involves some sort of assessment for the purposes of class placement. Many standardized intake assessments involve a student sitting by himself, answering traditional, procedural math questions … Continue reading Rethinking Placement Testing
Using Desmos: How Can It Fit in My Classroom?
by Connie Rivera I was sold on the idea of using free Desmos Classroom Activities as soon as I tried one myself. Why?  Because I discovered math ideas I didn’t already know just by working through an activity!  Using tech tools in class can’t be technology for technology’s sake. Our instruction must be focused on … Continue reading Using Desmos: How Can It Fit in My Classroom?

The Four Big Ideas, first developed during the Teachers Investigating Adult Numeracy (TIAN) project and further developed in Adult Numeracy lnstruction (ANI) professional development, are key components of (AR)2.

These four overarching big ideas are:

• Math as Communication

• Math as Connections

• All Strands of Math at All Levels

• A New Definition of Math Proficiency (conceptual understanding, adaptive reasoning, procedural fluency, strategic competence, and productive disposition)