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Teaching Math for the GED

AAA Math Here is a math site with tons of things students can do.

Changing the Way We Teach Math: A Manual for Teaching Basic Math to Adults - This manual was developed by Kate Nonesuch, an adult literacy instructor in Canada, and funded by their National Office of Literacy and Learning.  The manual incorporates the "best practices" of over 100 practitioners to suggest how to change the way that math is taught.  A substantial literature review is also included.

The Hyperlearning Center Math Index - Online lessons for your students.  Each lesson has clear objectives, instruction with a variety of examples and sample problems and a short test to evaluate content knowledge.  The Math Index offers over 100 lessons from A-Z including concepts in basic math, geometry, and algebra.

Illuminations - This site is provided by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).  Illuminations has 525 lessons for algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis or number operations.  Some of these can be completed on-line.  These lessons include learning objectives, materials, instructional plans with activity sheets, extensions, NCTM Standards and Expectations and References.

Math Forum - "A place to find answers to your burning math questions." This amazing, in-depth site brings you to so many useful, exciting, and fun features that you may never get to another math site once you get started! This forum describes itself as "a leading center for mathematics and mathematics education on the Internet" and operates under Drexel's School of Education. The forum's "online community includes teachers, students, researchers, parents, educators, and citizens at all levels who have an interest in math and math education."

Fabulous Features of the Math Forum

  • Ask Dr. Math
    Ask Dr. Math is a question and answer service for math students and their teachers. A searchable archive is available by level and topic, as well as summaries of Frequently Asked Questions (the Dr. Math FAQ).
  • Math Tools
    "The Forum's community digital library supporting the use and development of software for mathematics education" Offers. real technology tools, (graphing calculator, applets, etc) lesson plans, stories, activities, support materials, and a newsletter.
  • Teacher2Teacher
    A resource for teachers and parents. Ask a question, discuss math education, look for answers. Searchable archive by topic.
  • Problem of the Week (PoWs)
    Looking for creative ways to kick off the math-teaching week? This feature "provides creative, non-routine challenges for students in grades three through twelve."
  • The Math Forum Internet News provides a weekly newsletter describing useful math-related Internet sites. You can also review back issues of the newsletter here.
The Numeracy List  - This is an electronic forum sponsored by the Adult Numeracy Network (ANN): an Affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  This is a discussion list which you must join to receive emails discussing the teaching of numeracy and basic mathematics to adult learners.  If you do not want to subscribe to this list, you can find archived discussion on the Math Forum.

Radical Math: Social Justice in the Math Classroom - Basically an index site with links to a few hundred resources on math subjects ranging from algebra to line graphs to tessellations. The site provides a nice, succinct intro to social justice-focused math, as well.

Teaching to the Math Standards of with Adult Learners - In this article in Focus on Basics, Esther D. Leonelli discusses her experience of teaching math to adults for over 10 years and the importance of a standards-based approach to teaching adult basic math.

The following five sites were highlighted in the Five Picks of the Month page

GED 2002 Teachers' Lesson Bank: Mathematics - 53 math lessons including learning activities, debriefing/evaluation activities, handouts, and ESE/ESOL Accommodations.  Each lesson identifies the cognitive skill level of the activities and their correlation to the GED framework. 

Focus on Basics: Special Math Edition   - Cutting edge ideas for the teaching of adults from research practitioners

TV 411_Math - Tons of math activities, including: How to use a calculator, multiple percents, place value, polygons and perimeter, keeping up with exponential growth, and much more. You can also order a free "Think Math" DVD, a multimedia teaching tool.

Numeracy Special Collection  - This Special Collection from NIFL provides annotated links to internet sites that are useful for teaching and learning numeracy.

The Problem Solver: A Math Newsletter for Adult Educators  - This newsletter is full of teacher observations and classroom lessons. Six issues, all in PDF.