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MNI Online Course - Foundations of Teaching Adult Numeracy

Description: What is numeracy? Is numeracy just another word for math? How should you approach numeracy with adult students? In this foundational course you'll learn how to keep students at the center of numeracy instruction. You'll explore the context, content, and cognitive and affective components of numeracy; how to address the needs of students with learning gaps; how students' styles of learning math and levels of math knowledge affect their math skills; and ways to build students' success in learning math. You'll plan classroom activities, test them with your students, and share your experiences with fellow teachers.


  • Adult Education Teachers at Work and at Home
  • Math Autobiography
  • Components of Numeracy
  • Reasons for the Learning Gaps
  • Easing Math Anxiety
  • Students with Learning Disabilities and/or Language Issues
  • Addressing the Needs of Students with Cultural or Language Barriers
  • The Value of Providing Problems in Context
  • Math Learning Styles
  • The Case Against the Status Quo
  • Constructivism
  • Levels of Knowing Math
  • Closed Problems
  • Open Problems
  • Analyzing and Assessing Students’ Mathematical Thinking
  • Facilitation Questions

Prerequisite: None

Format: Facilitated, online. During this six-week course, you will engage in self-paced activities and readings, as well as asynchronous discussions with other course participants.

Estimated Time Commitment: 2 to 3 hours per week for a total of 12 hours.