Teaching mathematics and numeracy

Useful sites for the "teaching numeracy" component of the Level 5 Additional Diploma in teaching Mathematics (numeracy) or equivalent.

Evaluation of the Freda's Tea Stall group task

Submitted by Keith Burnett on Wed, 2013-12-18 10:16

Evaluation of the Freda’s Tea Stall discussion / group work task as used in my own teaching of GCSE Foundation. May give an idea on how the resource can be used.

Editor’s note
You can find Keith’s Freda’s Tea Stall resource on skillsworkshop here

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Mr Mathematics

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Wed, 2012-10-31 16:04

New site from a UK maths teacher who wants to share the many resources he has created to aid conceptual teaching. Files are for interactive whiteboards (Smart Notebook and ActivInspire Flipchart format) and the majority come with a Word document lesson plan (these are great!).
There is also a section on proof and some Tarsia PDF resources.

Editor’s note
Although the resources are categorised by GCSE grades A* to G many are ideal for E3-L2 Functional Maths.

Math Mistakes

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Wed, 2012-10-31 10:25

A blog-style collection of teacher-submitted errors that learners make. Readers can then comment on where and why the learner went wrong and how this can be rectified in teaching.

Some examples might be good to use in class as starters or for discussion.

It is organised according US maths curriculum criteria but is easy to find maths topics either by age/grade or by subject (geometry, fractions, place value, etc.). Covers Entry 1 to Level 3.

Literacy and Numeracy Studies Journal

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Wed, 2011-12-14 20:44

A well established journal from the Centre for Research in Learning and Change, University of Technology, Sydney. It is subtitled ‘An International Journal in the education and training of adults’ and is available freely. You just need to register.

The latest version is Vol 19, No 1 (2011) but issues dating back to 2006 can be downloaded. The many fascinating papers can usefully be browsed by title, journal or author.

This page describes a simple activity that was used with Level 1 Adult Numeracy Certificate students recently when introducing fractions.

Till rolls are cheaply available in most stationery shops. The desks happen to be a round 60cm wide.

Adult Literacies Online (ALO) Scotland

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Mon, 2011-02-21 16:53

Adult Literacies online is the main online resource bank for the Scottish Government’s adult literacies programme. Also see The Scottish Government -lifelong learning pages for all the latest news on community learning and development in Scotland, development and training, pathfinder projects, learners zone, plus links to research and useful resources.

VALBEC is a major Canadian body for networking, professional development, sharing information and promoting good practice in adult literacy (and numeracy – see below).

You can enrol and receive an informative free monthly newsletter.

Utah Students at Risk

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Sat, 2011-02-19 18:23

Utah Students at Risk has many online resources including several high frequency and sight word lists Dolch lists and Fry’s list.

Learning Theories is a very useful index of learning theories and models. Includes pages on Communities of Practice (Lave and Wenger), Situated Learning Theory (Lave) and much more.

A huge library of Mathematical Collections and Conference Proceedings. These do not appear to have been updated since 2006 but include: A sociocultural analysis of learning to teach (Merrilyn Goos) – where her three zone framework is discussed.

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