How do I connect numeracy with community, culture, and place?
"Connections build conceptual understanding. The more and the stronger the connections are among related ideas, the deeper and richer the understanding of the concept"
- provide authentic mathematical experiences; in and out of classroom, in local community, outdoors in nature
- explore place-based learning
- notice and name mathematics in your world
- bring in guest speakers from community to talk about how they use mathematics in their lives
- draw upon diverse cultures in the classroom and school community
Provide authentic mathematical experiences; in and out of classroom, in local community, outdoors in nature
Tluuwaay 'Waadluxan Mathematical Adventures
edited by Dr. Cynthia Nicol and Joanne Yovanovich (ordering information through firstname.lastname@example.org)
This book reflects a project involving students, educators and community members from Haida Gwaii. Photographs that reflect community, culture and place inspired mathematical adventures.
Math Is a Verb: Activities and Lessons from Cultures Around the World
by Jim Barta, Ron Eglash, Cathy Barkley (NCTM)
Mathematics Teacher (NCTM journal) Mathematical Lens, monthly column edited by Ron Lancaster (member log in required)
Mathematical Lens uses photographs as a springboard for mathematical inquiry and appears in every issue of Mathematics Teacher. This column features photographs from around the world with mathematical connections and problems; it began in 2005 and has run for over 100 issues.
As outdoor learning environments are explored, there are opportunities to make mathematical connections to community and place. A list of resources is provided to support mathematical connections during outdoor learning.
This project highlights how students explore the community through a mathematics lens, taking photographs that inspire mathematical problem posing and solving.
Where's the Math?
Book of math posters created by K-3 students highlighting different ways to "see math everywhere"!
Math Recess: Playful Learning in an Age of Disruption
by Sunil Singh and Dr. Christopher Brownell
In the theme of recess, where a treasure chest of balls, ropes, and toys would be kept for children to play with, this book holds a deep and imaginative collection of fun mathematical ideas, puzzles, and problems.
Learning Connected to Place
Dr. Cynthia Nicol of UBC, explains why and how to connect mathematics learning to place, community and culture.
Industry Training Authority
What are the essential mathematics skills needed for different trades?
World Economic Form - needed skills for the future