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Math Literacy


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This is a short presentation on a Professional Development opportunity to help grow math literacy within schools

This is a short presentation on a Professional Development opportunity to help grow math literacy within schools

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  • 1. Math Literacy –Professional DevelopmentKayla Higginbotham5th Grade Teacher – Troost ElementaryKansas City Public Schoolskhigginb@kcmsd.netJuly 20, 2012
  • 2. Purpose• To prepare teachers to facilitate Math Literacy sessions for their students’ families.• Our mission is put students on a path where they feel confident in mathematical literacy. By preparing students to move past memorization, computation, and drill practice, we will move them forward, not just academically, but in real-world application as well.
  • 3. Objective• Teachers will be able to instruct the parents/guardians of their students in the area of Math Literacy.• Parents/guardians will be given problem-solving strategies and techniques to use while working with their students at home to improve mathematical literacy.
  • 4. Key Points• What is Math Literacy?: “Literacy can simply be defined as the ability to read, write, speak, and use language. Mathematical Literacy implies that a person is able to reason, analyze, formulate, and solve problems in real-world setting,” (Martin, 2007).• Why our students are in trouble: “The teenagers had to read the graph. They had to interpret it, analyze it, and explain their answers in writing. It took critical thinking. That’s where American teenagers lost it,” (ABC News, 2004).• How to get students where they need to be: “Although mathematics is a specific area of knowledge, the kind of thinking developed in mathematics can be applied in all facets of life. Math teaching now emphasizes problem solving, developing and evaluating mathematical arguments, and being able to communicate one’s ideas. One might think of these as the new basics, the critical tools needed in the 21st century,” (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2000).
  • 5. The Statistics• In 2004, the U.S. ranked 24th of out 29 countries in mathematics for fifteen year olds.• Only 31% of third-sixth graders combined at Troost Elementary were proficient in mathematics for the state assessment for the year of 2011.
  • 6. The Statistics Continued…
  • 7. Overview• This will be a 4-session series occurring every Wednesday in September 2012.• The first session will be on September 5, 2012.• Sessions will take place at Troost Elementary from 4:00 p.m.– 5:15 p.m.• Each week will focus on a specific component to help students tackle math literacy.• Kayla Higginbotham will lead each session. These sessions will be predominantly focused on intermediate grades. However, if there are volunteers to lead for primary grades, breakout sessions will occur.
  • 8. Overview Continued…• Teachers will have the chance to use taught strategies with each other for the appropriate weekly skill. The first half of each session will be when the lesson is taught. The second half will be a time for teachers to put into practice what was just learned. In each session, teachers will have the chance to work independently and within cooperative learning groups.• After teachers complete sessions, they will be equipped with information/materials in order to lead math literacy sessions with their students’ families. Materials include hand outs from the session, flash cards, manipulatives, internet resources, and notes taken.• At the end of each session, teachers will have the opportunity to give feedback through short surveys to let presenter(s) know what was effective and what could be improved for future sessions.
  • 9. Tentative Schedule Date Math Literacy Skill Overview 9/5/12 Mathematical Vocabulary Session will be focused on important mathematical vocabulary and how to appropriately use in context. 9/12/12 Written responses Session will be focused on how to successfully answer written responses to mathematical questions. Including key words and punctuation. 9/19/12 Read, interpret and Session will be focused on how to conceptually understand common analyzing graphs mathematical graphs and draw conclusions. 9/26/12 Argue for reason – Session will be focused on how to teach students to argue for reason when they Classroom activities believe they either know the correct answer or have been posed with an incorrect answer. Teachers will also be given hands-on strategies and activities to use in the classroom for real-world application.
  • 10. References1. "Achievement Level 4 Report." Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. N.p., 2011. Web. 19 July 2012. < %20Level%20%204%20Levels/Achievement%20Level%204%20Report%20-%20Public.aspx? rp:DistrictCode=048078>.2. Gouthro, Marilyn, and Janine Griffore. "Leading Math Success." Student Success in Ontario, 2004. Web. 19 July 2012. <>.3. "U.S. Ranked Low in Math Literacy." ABC News. N.p., 11 Dec. 2004. Web. 19 July 2012. <>.4. Web log post. Mathematical Literacy. Blogspot, Dec. 2012. Web. 19 July 2012. <>.5. "Why Is Math Literacy so Important for Our Children?" DreamBox Learning, n.d. Web. 19 July 2012. <