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Building Strength with Numeracy: A practical workshop

Focusing on the new resources 'Decimals' and 'Measurement'

Presented by Beth Marr

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Date: Tuesday 25 August OR repeated on Thursday 17 September

The VALBEC on-line adult numeracy resource: 'Building Strength with Numeracy' now has two new Sections: 'Decimals' and 'Measurement'. Both sections contain a variety of practical, hands on and interactive class activities which focus on learners gaining a 'sense' of the decimal and measurement systems and the relationships between them. They also contain up to date practice exercises which allow students to apply this knowledge in practical, realistic adult contexts.

In addition to encouraging students to explore language, symbols and their meanings, the activities foster an estimation approach to measurement and decimal calculation: an approach which moves away from rote learned rules, instead drawing on students' everyday experiences and real world knowledge.

In this hands-on workshop teachers will experience many of the new activities, discuss the motivation for using these methods and share related ideas from their own teaching. 

Materials will be provided on the night with examples from the resource, along with strategies for using them with students.


Limited to 25 per workshop and VALBEC members will be given preference.


$20 for VALBEC members; $50 for non-members Not sure if you're a member? Ask us

RSVP by 20 August:


Tuesday 25 August

5.00 – 7.00 pm

Wyndham Community and Education Centre

Wayaperri House classrooms

106 Duncans Road, Werribee

Melways map 206 B9


Thursday 17 September

2.00 - 4.00 pm

Chisholm Institute

Building G Room 101

121 Stud Rd, Dandenong

Enter at gate 2 for the visitor car park.

Collect a visitor’s car park ticket from Reception in Building G.

Melways map 90 F4

Campus Map (PDF)


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Building Strength with Numeracy resources

Free resources

Hundreds of people have downloaded the topics

1. The Resource

2. Getting Started

3. Exploring Numbers

4. In the Head Calculations

5. Fractions

6. Percentages

Now you can get

7. Decimals


8. Measurement

'Building Strength in Numeracy' is a collection of activities that builds on and updates elements of the previous resources, as well as including many new, previously unpublished ideas, activities and student practice exercises. The resource is accessible online for teachers to use in a range of settings.

How to get the first six topics

Topics 1 to 6 continue to be free for all numeracy practitioners - members and non-members.

More including free download

How to get 'Decimals' and 'Measurement'

'Decimals' and 'Measurement' are free to VALBEC members. Non-members may purchase them for a small fee.