Mathematical
What is it? Liter acy
Should my child take
it?
And other
questions..          A guide for parents


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WHAT IS MATHS
 LITERACY?
     “I only really
     understood positive
     and negative
     numbers once I had
     to ma...
Is this maths
literacy……?

A Jamaican man
wants a job, but the
foreman won't hire
him until he passes a
little maths test.
Here is your first question, the foreman said.
"Without using numbers,
represent the number 9."
"Without numbers?" The Jam...
"What's this?" the boss asks

"Ave you got no brain?
Tree and tree and tree make nine," says the
  Jamaican.

"Fair enough...
"Here's your second question. Use the
  same rules, but this time the number
  is 99."

The Jamaican stares into space for...
The boss scratches his head and says,
"How on earth do you get that to
  represent 99?"

"Each of da trees is dirty now.
S...
The boss is getting worried that he's going
 to actually have to hire this Jamaican, so
 he says,
"All right, last questio...
The Jamaican stares into space some
 more, then he picks up the picture again
 and makes a little mark at the base of
 eac...
The boss looks at the attempt.

"You must be nuts if you think that
  represents a hundred!"
The Jamaican leans forward and points to the
  marks at the base of each tree and says,
"A little dog come along and crap ...
"SO, WHEN I START?"
Mathematical Literacy provides learners
 with an awareness and understanding of
 the role that mathematics plays in the
 m...
Self Managing persons
 They should be able to handle
  the maths of everyday life, and
  know something about:
      Hir...
Contributing workers
 They should have an
  understanding of maths in
  order to meet the demands
  of a job, and be able...
Participating citizens
 They should be critical of
  mathematical arguments
  presented in the media and:
   Be aware th...
Difference          between
Maths and           Maths
Literacy?
  Mathematics
   focuses on the
   discipline of
   mathe...
Difference between
Maths and Maths
Literacy?
         With maths literacy,
          relevant, current
          contexts...
Difference between
Maths and Maths
Literacy?
 ML:               Maths:
  Only basic       Content is
  mathematics is   ex...
Difference       between
Maths and        Maths
Literacy?
  ML:
   Contexts become
   more complex
  Maths:
   Both cont...
Career choices?
The Learning Outcomes of
  Mathematical Literacy are
  designed to enable
  learners passing through
  the...
Students proceeding to Higher
  Education institutions will have
  acquired a mathematical literacy
  that will enable the...
Questions you should
    ask yourself
 Is my child going to be a
  docter, engineer,
  scientist?
 Is my child practical...
What do the learners
       say?
      I sucked at maths, but I am loving
       ML
      Things makes more sense to me
...
The world has changed
 dramatically and mathematical
 literacy is the new currency
               Aarnout Brombacher
This presentatation was compiled
         by Maggie Verster
      maggie@maggie.co.za

 Follow maths updates on twitter:
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  1. 1. Mathematical What is it? Liter acy Should my child take it? And other questions.. A guide for parents http://mathsliteracy.wordpress.com
  2. 2. WHAT IS MATHS LITERACY? “I only really understood positive and negative numbers once I had to manage my overdraft on my cheque account.” Readers Digest 1998
  3. 3. Is this maths literacy……? A Jamaican man wants a job, but the foreman won't hire him until he passes a little maths test.
  4. 4. Here is your first question, the foreman said. "Without using numbers, represent the number 9." "Without numbers?" The Jamaican says, "Dat is easy." And proceeds to draw three trees.
  5. 5. "What's this?" the boss asks "Ave you got no brain? Tree and tree and tree make nine," says the Jamaican. "Fair enough," says the boss.
  6. 6. "Here's your second question. Use the same rules, but this time the number is 99." The Jamaican stares into space for a while, then picks up the picture that he has just drawn and makes a smudge on each tree. "Ere you go."
  7. 7. The boss scratches his head and says, "How on earth do you get that to represent 99?" "Each of da trees is dirty now. So, it's dirty tree, and dirty tree, and dirty tree. Dat is 99."
  8. 8. The boss is getting worried that he's going to actually have to hire this Jamaican, so he says, "All right, last question. Same rules again, but represent the number 100."
  9. 9. The Jamaican stares into space some more, then he picks up the picture again and makes a little mark at the base of each tree and says, "Ere you go. One hundred."
  10. 10. The boss looks at the attempt. "You must be nuts if you think that represents a hundred!"
  11. 11. The Jamaican leans forward and points to the marks at the base of each tree and says, "A little dog come along and crap by each tree. So now you got dirty tree and a turd, dirty tree and a turd, and dirty tree and a turd, which makes one hundred."
  12. 12. "SO, WHEN I START?"
  13. 13. Mathematical Literacy provides learners with an awareness and understanding of the role that mathematics plays in the modern world. Mathematical Literacy is a subject driven by life-related applications of mathematics. It enables learners to develop the ability and confidence to think numerically and spatially in order to interpret and critically analyse everyday situations and to solve problems.
  14. 14. Self Managing persons  They should be able to handle the maths of everyday life, and know something about:  Hire purchase  Mortgage bonds  Investments  How to read a map  Following timetables  Estimating & calculating areas & volumes  Understanding house plans  Understanding and using dress patterns  Using recipes  Using medicines correctly
  15. 15. Contributing workers  They should have an understanding of maths in order to meet the demands of a job, and be able to:  Deal with work related formulae  Read statistical charts  Deal with schedules  Understand instructions involving numerical components
  16. 16. Participating citizens  They should be critical of mathematical arguments presented in the media and:  Be aware that statistics can be used to support opposing arguments  Be able to follow mathematical arguments in the media
  17. 17. Difference between Maths and Maths Literacy?  Mathematics focuses on the discipline of mathematics  Maths Literacy focuses on the role of mathematics in the real world
  18. 18. Difference between Maths and Maths Literacy?  With maths literacy, relevant, current contexts are used  With maths, applications are important, but do not have to be only real life contexts
  19. 19. Difference between Maths and Maths Literacy? ML: Maths: Only basic Content is mathematics is expanded on as needed. A few the learners new concepts progress from one are introduced year to another. in Grades 10 and 11.
  20. 20. Difference between Maths and Maths Literacy?  ML: Contexts become more complex  Maths: Both content and contexts become more complex / advanced
  21. 21. Career choices? The Learning Outcomes of Mathematical Literacy are designed to enable learners passing through the Further Education and Training band to handle with confidence the mathematics that affects their lives and so be appropriately educated for the modern world. .
  22. 22. Students proceeding to Higher Education institutions will have acquired a mathematical literacy that will enable them to deal effectively with mathematically- related requirements in disciplines such as the social and life sciences. Mathematical Literacy should not be taken by those learners who intend to study disciplines which are mathematically based, such as the natural sciences or engineering.
  23. 23. Questions you should ask yourself  Is my child going to be a docter, engineer, scientist?  Is my child practical or academic?  Does my child hate maths?  ………
  24. 24. What do the learners say?  I sucked at maths, but I am loving ML  Things makes more sense to me now that I don’t have to struggle with x’s and y’s  It has done a lot for my confidence  It is so practical I do not even feel if I am doing maths!  It is not really easier, it is different and relevant
  25. 25. The world has changed dramatically and mathematical literacy is the new currency Aarnout Brombacher
  26. 26. This presentatation was compiled by Maggie Verster maggie@maggie.co.za Follow maths updates on twitter: www.twitter.com/maggiev www.twitter.com/mathslitteacher More information and resources can be found on the maths literacy blog at http://mathsliteracy.wordpress.com Teachers space: www.mathsliteracy.co.za
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