*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 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 :** Note and tips for facilitating a Family Math Group, from the recommendations of the

*Family Math Fun!*project.

### Working with Student Resistance to Math Tools

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

Hi Margaret–I’d suggest you find a program for adults who want to upgrade their skills. I don’t know where you are from, so it’s hard to tell you exactly where to look, but here are some suggestions:

Call a community college and say you want to upgrade your math. Upgrading programs have many different names–sometimes “Adult Basic Education” or “Developmental Education” or “Adult Basic Education and Training.” It may be quicker just to say you want to learn basic math.

Find a GED program. They may be able to take you in, or may have another suggestion.

Sometimes a community literacy program will also have a math program, or, again, they will know where to find one.

Take a look at the answer I gave Margaret, who asked a question like yours.

I would love to learn how to do math. I never listened while in school and really never learned how to do math. I also never went to high school. I don’t even do our bills my husband does this for us. I have always wanted to go to nursing school or become a lawyer,but the lack of math skills stop me from excelling. Any advise on how to learn math skills or where to go for someone over 40?

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