New Canadian Numeracy Discussion Site a Must for Math Teachers
Math teachers will want to participate in an online math conference being moderated by Tom Ciancone on the AlphaPlus Web site at www.alphaplus.ca .(Tom is a numeracy instructor for the Toronto District School Board.) This conference contains many interesting discussions about all aspects of teaching numeracy, from participants across Canada and as far away as Australia.
The site allows participants to ask questions, provide general information, give lesson plans, suggest good books, or post math quizzes and riddles. The site is only a few months old, but already there are lots of interesting messages with valuable information for those working with numeracy students.
One of the discussions revolves around women and numeracy, with participants offering interesting insights to this aspect of teaching. In addition, there are references and links to other sites which provide additional resource material, as well as recommendations for related print material. Another ongoing discussion concerns the pros and cons of numeracy students using calculators.
There are puzzles suitable for using in numeracy classes, as well as some which could even puzzle the instructors, such as the following riddle posted by Regent Gendron.
Late one evening three men went to a hotel. Since it cost $30.00 for a room for one night, each man paid ten dollars. The three men went to the room. The owner realized that it was a weekday, and the room only cost $25.00 (the weekend rate is $30.00). The owner gave the bellboy five dollars and asked him to give it to the three men. The bellboy went up to their room, but in the elevator he steals two dollars and puts it in his pocket. He figures it will be easier to give one dollar to each man. After he gives each man one dollar, they each have paid nine dollars for their room. Three men X nine dollars = $27.00. What happened to the other dollar?
To find the solution, visit the Numeracy Site and join the discussion. Go to the AlphaPlus Web site and click on Literacy Discussions. Register for the Numeracy Discussion. For those who are not familiar with discussion groups, it is possible to read the messages without submitting anything. Once you are more comfortable with the process, you can then add your own comments, questions or suggestions. The solutions also appears on page 15.
Adult Learner's Message Forum
This site hosts an "Adult Learner's Message Forum" set up by Sherri Cartee specifically for adult learner's and/or GED students. They can visit this site to read and respond to messages or create new ones. Visitors can participate or just read messages, and are not committed to ongoing communication or keypals unless they are interested in this type of correspondence. The site is at: http://www.dejanews.com/~adultged/group/dejanews.comm.adultged
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