Active Learning in Adult Numeracy

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Steve Hinds led a professional development training for Kentucky Adult Education math teachers where he demonstrated and discussed a series of lessons on functions. These video segments taken from the training are focused on broad math teaching practices that are appropriate for math teachers at all levels. 

To better understand the problems and issues discussed in the videos, it is strongly recommended that practitioners read the background essays that accompany the videos. 

Steve lives in Chicago and directs the Active Learning in Adult Numeracy project, which is focused on curriculum development, teacher training, and other reforms that promote active, student-centered math teaching and learning for adults. 

  • Communicating in Math Classrooms

    Steve Hinds demonstrates how a teacher can circulate and question students to assess their understanding, get them to explain and evaluate each other’s thinking, and guide them in productive directions without telling them what to do. (Click here for the background essay.)

    Grades: All
  • Deepening Conceptual Understanding

    Steve Hinds demonstrates an approach to graphing function solutions that is based on the underlying meaning of the points, and not on mechanically following a procedure. (Click here for the background essay.)

    Grades: All
  • Resisting the Temptation to Be Too Helpful

    Steve Hinds demonstrates and discusses how teacher efforts to be helpful can sometimes backfire and limit opportunities for student learning. (Click here for the background essay.)

    Grades: All
  • Scaffolding Adult Numeracy Lessons

    Steve Hinds demonstrates and discusses how teachers can successfully and gradually move from informal to more formal representations of functions. (Click here for the background essay.)

    Grades: All
  • Building Deeper Understanding of Decimal Numbers

    Steve Hinds demonstrates how a brief discussion of money and decimals can help students to shed common misconceptions about decimal place value. (Click here for the background essay.)

    Grades: All

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