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Thread 6, drum roll please…

September 20, 2018


  Part 1   Part 2   Part 3    Part 4    Part 5 From Curry D. Where to Focus so Students Become College and Career Ready. Journal Of Research & Practice For Adult Literacy, Secondary & Basic Education [serial online]. Spring2017 2017;6(1):62. The National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) asked: What does it […]

Help before class :)

January 13, 2017


New student today:   no, he’s not enrolled for the spring.  That’ll be fall.   He’s done some college but … math was the dealbreaker.    Anxiety. Yes.   He can come in here, we can have a reading and a math ‘course.’  YES I want to make an online “course” for exactly this “I’m […]

knowledge vs. performance

November 19, 2012


… so the student has all kinds of trouble plugging in -1/2 into 4(x) + 2… practicing… practicing… Then he’s talking about how many math courses he has to to take.   He’s taking one module per semester.  “How many modules are in this class?” “five.” (pause)  “Then it will take a quarter of a decade […]

math comprehension

August 3, 2012


I’m thinking that this is a lot like reading comprehension.   I don’t really remember learning it… I was amazed when I worked at The New Community School that they’d figured out what many critical comprehension skills were and how to build them up.  F’rinstance, to “find the main idea” of a passage, we’d start out […]

dyscalculia no more

December 26, 2011


… I found this in my tainted search for things about dyscalculia (discalculia?). First I found a “review” site that was painfully translated and noted that no, this site didn’t actually review products, but did remote statistical analyses and gave a rating based on that, and hey, this one had good numbers so maybe […]

Minor revelation

December 24, 2011


Well, not minor to me 😉 I’ve struggled with why folks who tout “throw away traditional math instruction! We need more problem-solving!” just don’t make me want to stand up and join them. For that matter, the “we need to bring back real teaching and actually have kids learn the tiems tables!” people don’t either. […]

December 21, 2011


Got a little traffic yesterday from a common-core-mathematics “curator” link at “” Reckon I picked the right tags? Wondering today about whether anybody does individualized assessments of people’s math skills beyond sticking a paper or computer in front of ’em and having them crank out computations or answer word problems (and then making grand assumptions […]

Downside of calculators.

December 5, 2011


I don’t want to ban calculators at all — just as with reading accommodations, don’t let lack of one skill (especially but not exclusively a rote one) keep you from accessing another skill (especially but not exclusively a conceptual one). However, don’t stop developing the skills you lack. Two experiences today speaking to hazards of […]

like a back float

October 15, 2011


One of my favorite parts of teaching beginning swimming was teaching the back float. Back floats are really, really scary and one of the things that keeps people from getting to Advanced Beginner. They can do everything but the back float. (Can you see the connection to math yet?) And… if you’re scared, you tense […]

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October 14, 2011


The International Dyslexia Association devoted an entire _Perspectives_ quarterly to math difficulties. They also have rather generous permissions policies, so as a member, I have contrived to change the PDF to html, open it with SeaMonkey and edit it, and even add my own annotations in green. It is at I am duly pondering […]