Why Math Instruction Had to Change

 

If you’ve read a newspaper lately, or watched the news, or even had conversations on social media related to snippets of instruction, you’ve no doubt read or heard something about the “new math” and how it is complicated, confusing, and utterly unnecessary. Those comments can often be attributed to the parents of students in K-12 settings; but the changes in math education are affecting all students. At the core of these challenges and concerns are the questions, “Why did instruction have to change? How is this better?” These concerns are often brought up as examples of ‘new math’ instruction is demonstrated, often without context or explanation. 

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Digital Inclusion in Adult Education

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 3.42.01 PMTechnology is a driving force in every aspect of our lives and access to technology and the Internet could be considered a basic human right. 21st century learning is about digital inclusion. Stephen Reder explains inclusion. “Digital inclusion is the ability of individuals
and groups to access and use information and communication technologies. Digital inclusion encompasses not only access to Internet but also the availability of hardware and software; relevant content and services; and training for the digital literacy skills required for effective use of information and communication technologies.”

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What does College and Career Readiness instruction really look like?

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 11.47.11 AMAdult education is undergoing major changes as programs begin to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act, commonly referred to as WIOA. While attainment of a High School Equivalency Certificate, HSE, is considered an achievement, the goal is to equip students with a solid academic foundation and the soft skills necessary for college and career success. Because these are very broad ideas, many teachers wonder what this preparation look like in the classroom?

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Computer-Based Instruction: An Implemetnation Strategy

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 3.29.02 PMDo you ever wonder how to get started with computer-based instruction? Cindy Lock, the Adult Education Specialist at Illinois Valley Community College has provided a step-by-step outline of how to implement i-Pathways in the classroom. As identified by her strategic plan, student success begins with careful planning, teacher development, and familiarity with the curriculum.

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The Value of Page One

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 7.57.11 PMHave you ever played the game Monopoly? You move your game piece around the board while attempting to acquire property and wealth. Teaching is a lot like running a Monopoly game. Instead of buying properties, students move through the learning process and acquire knowledge. However, unlike the Monopoly game where everyone starts at the same space, students begin studying and often attempt to skip the “first box”, or page one. But why is page one so important? It’s the starting point and it’s important to teach students how to read the first page of any text.

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