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

2. WHAT IS MATHSLITERACY?I only reallyunderstood positiveand negativenumbers once I hadto manage myoverdraft on mycheque account.Readers Digest1998 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. 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. "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. "Here's your second question. Use the same rules, but this time the number is 99."The Jamaican stares into space for awhile, then picks up the picture thathe has just drawn and makes asmudge on each tree."Ere you go." 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. The boss is getting worried that he's goingto actually have to hire this Jamaican, sohe says, "All right, last question. Same rulesagain, but represent the number 100." 9. The Jamaican stares into space somemore, then he picks up the picture againand makes a little mark at the base ofeach tree and says, "Ere you go. One hundred." 10. The boss looks at the attempt."You must be nuts if you think that represents a hundred!" 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. "SO, WHEN I START?" 13. Mathematical Literacy provides learnerswith an awareness and understanding ofthe role that mathematics plays in themodern world. Mathematical Literacy is asubject driven by life-related applicationsof mathematics. It enables learners todevelop the ability and confidence tothink numerically and spatially in order tointerpret and critically analyse everydaysituations and to solve problems. 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 dresspatterns Using recipes Using medicines correctly 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. 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. Differencebetween Maths and Maths Literacy? Mathematicsfocuses on thediscipline ofmathematics Maths Literacyfocuses on the roleof mathematics inthe real world 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. Difference between Maths and Maths Literacy?ML: Maths: Only basic Content is mathematics is expanded on as needed. A fewthe learners new concepts progress from one are introduced year to another. in Grades 10 and 11. 20. Difference between Maths andMaths Literacy? ML:Contexts becomemore complex Maths:Both content andcontexts becomemore complex /advanced 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. 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. 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. What do the learnerssay? I sucked at maths, but I am lovingML Things makes more sense to menow that I dont have to strugglewith xs and ys It has done a lot for my confidence It is so practical I do not even feelif I am doing maths! It is not really easier, it is differentand relevant 25. The world has changeddramatically and mathematicalliteracy is the new currencyAarnout Brombacher 26. This presentatation was compiledby Maggie Verster [email protected] Follow maths updates on information and resources can be found on the maths literacyblog at Teachers space: