Information for parents about Mathematical literacy


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Information for parents about Mathematical literacy

  1. 1. Mathematical What is it? Liter acy Should my child take it? And other questions.. A guide for parents
  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 Follow maths updates on twitter: More information and resources can be found on the maths literacy blog at Teachers space: