Teaching Math

Changing the Way We Teach Math

What do the experts say about how to teach basic math to adult students? People who teach math have heard about most of their recommendations, but putting them into practice is harder than it seems. (119 pages).
Emotions and Math        Hands-on Learning    Group Work  Student Resistance            Real Life Problems
Putting Students in Charge of Their Learning                     

More Complicated Than It Seems

A Review of Literature about Adult Numeracy Instruction. What do the experts recommend for teaching basic math to adults? And a look at some research that shows why it is difficult to implement those recommendations (23 pages).

Family Math Fun!

A manual for educators and parents who want to promote math thinking in kids of all ages. Math for the whole person: spirit, heart, body and mind are all connected in the activities in this book. When these are in balance, math becomes part of our whole lives, not a beast or a barrier. Patterns, recipes, and hand-outs all included (109 pages).

Family Math GroupsFam Math Groups

Family Math Groups: An Exploration of Content and Style. A report on the project that produced Family Math Fun!, including recommendations for facilitating a successful family math group (47 pages).Your Family Math Group

Your Family Math Group: Note and tips for facilitating a Family Math Group, from the recommendations of the Family Math Fun! project.

Working with Student Resistance to Math ToolsLiteracies article

You know that using manipulatives will help your students learn math, but they don’t want to touch them. What to do?? Working-With-Student-Resistance-to-Math-Tools


2 thoughts on “Teaching Math

  1. I am trying to find information on how I can learn math. Without going into long detail. I was horrible in math in grade school and I did try, but now I am almost 60 and still struggle to learn. I would almost give anything to finally over come thing learning problem.

    • Hi Margaret,
      It took me a couple of days to get to your request, because I had to look up a couple of things, but here’s my reply, which may fit with your circumstances, but may not, as I’m sure you’ll be able to see immediately.

      First thing is to notice that you have got to “almost 60” and survived with whatever math skills and coping skills you acquired along the way. I know many adults who don’t do math the way the teachers wanted them to do it, but their way works fine, and they get the right answers. But somehow they feel ashamed of their methods, or worry that it is not real math. Let me say loud and clear: SCHOOL MATH IS ONLY ONE WAY TO DO MATH. There are many other ways that work just as well, sometimes better. Finding a short cut that works is good math.

      Next I would say to find a good teacher, but since I don’t know where you live, or anything about you, I can’t help you with that.

      If you like to read, a book called “Managing the Mean Math Blues” might help. It is by Cheryl Ooten. I notice that there is now a study guide to that book; I haven’t seen the study guide, but it might be worth checking out.

      If you like to work online, there are many many sites for learning math, and for getting practice. Some are much better than others. I’d suggest you start with the LINKS in the bottom section of this site: http://www.resourceroom.net/math/index.html

love to hear your ideas or experiences!

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