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Adults who are beginning math learners sometimes find themselves left behind by high school equivalency curricula or stuck trying to memorize their way through calculations they don’t understand.  What these learners need is a conceptually-focused, cognitively rigorous curriculum that supports them in developing number sense. Number sense is the ability to break down and recombine numbers in useful ways, based on a conceptual understanding of how numbers work. Developing number sense can help beginning learners improve their mathematical fluency without memorization as well as build a solid foundation for later study.

This online workshop will introduce a remote teaching resource specifically designed to help beginning level math learners develop their number sense. The resource includes a student packet and teacher’s guide. Participants will receive electronic copies of all the materials.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ABE teachers and administrators at all levels of math ability and comfort

During the workshop, you will be introduced to the materials and hear recommendations for their use from the facilitator, who developed and piloted them with her own class. You will explore some of the math content in the packet, including estimation and number lines, and have the opportunity to view some video clips of the pilot class in action.

Note: Many of the activities in this unit are from EMPower Plus Everyday Number Sense and were adapted for beginning level learners and for remote teaching. The math content in this unit is appropriate for students with a math level GLE 24 (CCRSAE Math level ABand is also appropriate for students with limited literacy levels (Reading level GLE 2+).

NOTE: About one week before the event, registrants will receive a separate email from from the SABES Math Team at TERC with instructions on how to access the Zoom sessions. 

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the value of number sense for beginning math learners
  • Gain familiarity with the materials and some of the activities in the packet
  • Consider the math concepts involved in estimation, rounding, and number lines
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
06/04/2021 - 1:00 pm to 06/04/2021 - 2:30 pm
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PD Center
SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
CCRSAE (College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education)
Digital Literacy
Distance and Blended Learning
High School Equivalency (HiSET/GED)
Learning Disabilities / Differences
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
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