Math ‘integration’

Posted on March 28, 2018

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I’ve been asked by an adult ed teacher to meet and talk about math, and there have been questions that have come up online.

I could write a few books w/ the specific strategies for getting students learning and building math ideas… but what about generalities?

Number one would prob’ly be “make visual connections” — have number lines, bar models, etc.

I need a hard copy of Routines for Reasoning (among other things the digital is so hard to navigate and access that no, no, I will never get a digital book through the Adobe platform and no that’s not an affiliate link). I need to come up w/ examples of those that are ‘adult ed’ oriented instead of ‘K-12 Math Book Problem’ oriented.

Another “big idea” would be “Starter activities” as in this blog .  Find a familiar, simple connection for what you’re about to dive into.   Guess what?  It might not be as familiar or simple as I think…so it can be a learning opportunity… and if it is familiar and simple then the new stuff will have something to connect to.

Fourth:   Don’t ignore the actual visual-kinesthetic motor-memory parts of math.   It’s always “it depends,” so I never go dogmatic with “you must write it THIS WAY!!!”  but usually I’ve enough trust to implore “trust me, learn to line up your equations like this and work down so it looks like that…”   This article even has research to support it and … the “dragon” program that’s “algebra that you don’t know is algebra” is pretty much all about that.

Enough 🙂

(almost enough!   Intensive Interventions and a whole lot of information about math)

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