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Becoming a Better Math Tutor
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This book is about math tutoring. It is designed to help math tutors and tutees get better at their respective and mutual tasks. The intended audiences for this book include volunteer and paid tutors, preservice and inservice teachers, parents and other child caregivers, students who help other students (peer tutors), and developers of tutorial software and other materials.
If you just want to read the Table of Contents, Preface, first two chapters, and the two appendices, you can do this without doing a long download by going to
Here is another recent book by Moursund and Albrecht. (It is not free, but it is inexpensive.) Both Moursund & Albrecht books focus on helping students gain in math maturity.
Using math games and word problems to increase math maturity. Salem, OR: The Math Learning Center. For details see

Web site for Tennessee's developmental studies redesign project, much of which involves math (mostly around implementing an adaptation of the math emporium model from NCAT); you can see a number of presentations and detailed resources under the "Project Findings" link)...

I always enjoy Garry Trudeau's periodic Doonesbury forays into higher education, especially the college math classroom as he did again on Sunday (1/23/11). I'm sure his target was the negative impact of technology and perhaps gaming in today's educational landscape but I think another part of the story should be the academic and classroom culture as well; Trudeau seems to take the faculty person's perspective as a given , but there are plenty of ways to teach and assess student learning that would essentially preclude, or certainly minimize, the behavior he lampoons in this strip...

Here's a relatively new presentation from Uri Treisman about student completion issues in community colleges and in precollege math in particular--lotsof new and specific material here that I think is very directly relevant to the work we're doing (and a couple of nice references to Washington state, too!)--it's long but well worth it! Uri's talk starts about 15 minutes in; he reminisces and sets a context for 15 minutes or so and then gets to the heart of the talk about 30 minutes in...


Carnegie eLibrary We've mentioned this resource before but I was there today again and reminded of how many excellent resources and readings directly relevant to our project are available for download from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching website. A number of these could be used in whole or part for faculty discussions as part of your project...FYI, the Amy Gerstein article on community college faculty and developmental education talks specifically (p. 24-26) about the significant role inquiry groups can play in breaking down the extreme isolation many faculty experience in their professional lives.

In addition to the TMP Resources visit the new RPM Website Resource Center.

Suggested readings from the RPM Spring 2010 Workshop

Valuable resources and suggested reading for various RPM workshops and retreats include the RPM Winter 2010 Retreat for the following presentations;
  • Rose Asera's "Building the Joyful Conspiracy"
  • Michael Burke's "An Application Driven Math Curriculum"
  • Jon Hasenbank's “A Framework For Procedural Understanding: Theory Into Practice”
  • Brock Klein and Jay Cho's “Transforming Pre-Algebra Teaching and Learning Through Faculty Inquiry”

Many more wonderful resources were contributed at the 2009 Summer Math Institute including power point presentations, worksheets and suggested readings. Listed below are just a small sample of what you will find on the event resource page;
  • Michael Davis, "Understanding and Addressing the Social/Economic Needs of Learners with Histories of Difficulty in Mathematics"
  • Linda Fisher, "Making the Most of Formative Assessments"
  • Helen Burn, Jan Ray, "How/Why Do Math Departments Organize Around Innovation?"

Noyce Math Teaching Resources
Lots of great videos and classroom resources from the math work sponsored by the Noyce Foundation--all K-12-focused but some of the math being addressed certainly overlaps with what's in our precollege curriculum...

Here's what seems to be a useful annotated list of resources from the National Center for Developmental Education at Appalachian State University in North Carolina: Resources for Dev Math Teachers

Uri Treisman Interview from Carnegie-IAS Commission on Vimeo.

Check out this very cool presentation called "Math is not linear" sent to me by Dawn Draus, LCC):

If you can get beyond the way-too-cutesy name here's a link to what appears to be a potentially useful resource (and it's open source as well)--check it out: Geogebra (open source math tool)
And here's what David Lippman from Pierce shared with me about it:
I've played around with Geogebra. It's a cool tool, and definitely has some potential applications in our developmental and college level courses. They have a very active user community with a lot of example pre-built activities/demos (

Tomorrow's Professor
If you're not familiar with the "Tomorrow's Professor" blog, check it out; a recent posting (#1023) provides an interesting perspective on department-level assessment issues that has some relevance to our work...
And while you;re there, check out #1027 as well--"No Grading, More Learning" (and before you say it can't work in math, you might check out the evidence from Dylan Wiliam's extensive work on classroom assessment: Dylan Wiliam's (Other) Web Site strongly suggesting that grading seems to negate the positive influence on student achievement otherwise produced by formative feedback...

Teaching Math Well in Community Colleges a research project led by Vilma Mesa, University of Michigan

Book Review: "Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception"
Book Review: "Gaming the Vote"

NY Times article on dev ed issues at City University of New York (CUNY)