Promoted numeracy. She wrote, "We need to view this term numeracy not as a synonym for mathematics but as a new discipline defined as the bridge that links mathematics and the real world" (Schmitt, 2000). Unlike mathematics, numeracy does not so much lead upward in an ascending pursuit of abstraction as it moves outward toward an ever-richer engagement with life’s diverse contexts and situations (Orrill, R. (2001). Mathematics, numeracy, and democracy. In L.A. Steen (Ed.). Mathematics and Democracy (pp xiii–xix). Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Has a strong workplace background. She intuitively connects number, data, algebra, and measurement and helps others see connections as well. Donna gets math off the page. Numeracyis the knowledge and skills required to manage and respond to the mathematical demands of diverse situations. She prompts teachers and students to solve problems that appear in everyday life (International Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey- http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-603-x/89-603-x2005001-eng.htm).
As a teacher and curriculum developer, Tricia was creative, critical, and always reflecting. She built in opportunities for students and teachers to reflect and write. Tricia believed that to be numerate is more than being able to manipulate numbers, or even being able to succeed in school or university mathematics. Numeracy is a critical awareness which builds bridges between mathematics and the real-world, with all its diversity (Australian educator, Betty Johnston, 1994)
Gathered teachers’ and students’ reactions, work, and words that feature prominently in the books. Martha believes learning happens in- and out-of-school and that the power is in leveraging experiences and prior knowledge to apply in new situations.