Group work, real-life math problems, hands-on materials, dealing with math anxiety, starting from what your students know-all great strategies for teaching numeracy to adults. Yet in practice it's a lot messier than it looks! Kate Nonesuch has been reading in the research on teaching adult numeracy, and she has some questions: *What is real and useful here? What is so far out of line with my situation that it has no relevance? How does my present practice support or contradict these findings? How might I change my practice to make it more in line with these findings? What problems would I need to solve before I could do so?
The conference takes place in asynchronous time and is offered free of charge on The Hub, the BC literacy electronic network. A short pre-conference takes place March 22 - 26. Once you are registered, please check in during that time to iron out any technical difficulties, access some conference readings, and share stories about learning math.
Kate's work is part of a project funded by the National Literacy Secretariat of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. She will use the electronic discussion to develop a manual for practitioners that will be available online free of charge; participants in this conference will be notified when and where the manual is available (late 2006).
Kate has been teaching literacy and numeracy at Malaspina University-College for more than 10 years, and has recently published two articles on teaching at this level: "Working with Student Resistance to Math Tools" in Literacies, Spring 2005 http://www.literacyjournal.ca/Forumpages/forum4_s05readings.htm and "Putting Learners in Charge of Making Decisions" in RaPAL Journal (Research and Practice in Adult Literacy, Lancaster University) Spring 2005.
Kate Nonesuch Career and Academic Preparation Malaspina University-College, Cowichan Campus 222 Cowichan Way Duncan, BC V9L 6P4