Thursday, May 14, 2009

Numeracy Curriculum

I finally got around to posting my old Numeracy curriculum on my box. This is by no means a final draft of what I think our 9th grade basic math support class should look like, but it is where I left it last year. I didn't decide to start using Keynote presentations until the third unit, so that's why there aren't any Keynote files in the first couple of units. This year, I am not teaching this class, so I haven't had the opportunity to keep developing these lessons. I'm sure I will get around to reworking this stuff at some point. For now, I'll throw it out there for people to look at, borrow, critique, steal, and so forth. I hope someone finds it helpful.


Unknown said...

Hi Dan,
Thanks for posting your numeracy curriculum. I teach Special Education math at a vocational school in Brooklyn and am constantly looking for resources that I can use and adapt to improve my students basic math skills. This is the best I've found yet. I found your site through Dy/Dan and love the work you are doing and am thankful for your sharing.
I was wondering if you could explain to me how you guys use ALEKS at your school and how your school signed up for it?
Thanks again,

Dan Wekselgreene said...

Hi Judson,

I'm glad that the material is helpful to you. ALEKS is something that any individual or school can sign up for - just go to You can do a trial membership to see how it works, and if you are interested, you can contact them to get a quote for your students. Basically, each student gets an account and can access their work from any browser. We use it in our Numeracy class for about 30 minutes out of an 80 minute lesson, to provide more differentiation of curriculum. It was also what is assigned for homework, instead of worksheets.

Parkrunner said...

Hi Dan,

I just found your blog because I was looking for a numeracy curriculum.
The blog looks great--I am interested in all the things you are trying to create in terms of curriculum.
I will be teaching some acceleration classes to English Language Learners who have missed earlier mathematics somehow, and we are calling it numeracy and developing basic skills targets for our curriculum. I was trying to look at yours but nothing seems to download. I have a Mac with Keynote and the snow leopard os. Any ideas on what I'm doing wrong to look at it?

Thanks for any help.


Sarah Cannon said...

Hi Carol (and Dan),

Saw your comment and though I'd try the files to make sure they still work.

I didn't have any problem downloading them to my Mac. I clicked the file name, a dialogue box popped up asking where I wanted to save the file, and bam, there it was. (It didn't show up in my download history, so if you're looking there that might be the problem.)

Good luck!

Dan Wekselgreene said...

Thanks, Sarah.
Carol, I don't see anything that's wrong. But sometimes the hosting on might not be working. Try it again. If it still doesn't work, let me know, and I can email you some direct links to try.

Parkrunner said...

Thanks Dan. For some reason it still isn't working! It may be that I am new to my Mac and there is some trick--it acts like it is about to download (asks me for the proper place to put it, etc.) and then just doesn't do it. I'd love to look at what you've done in this curriculum....I'm planning my own numeracy curriculum right now so we could even share ideas.....

Parkrunner said...

Hi again. I can't seem to download the numeracy materials. I even asked at the Apple store and the technicians there couldn't make it work either. I would love it if you could send me a different direct link that might work. I'll also try to share any thoughts I have about it and/or ideas I have.



Dan Wekselgreene said...

Try this:

If that doesn't work, then I really don't know what the problem is. I could always burn a copy and mail it if it comes to that. :)