How do I encourage my students to make meaning of numeracy in the world?
"Embedding the problem-solving information within a real-world context helps students activate their conceptual knowledge when presented with a real-life problem-solving situation (Gagne, Yerkovich, & Yerkovich, 1993) and improves student motivation, participation, and generalization (Polloway & Patton, 2001)." (Sliva, Teaching Inclusive Mathematics to Special Learners K-6, 2004)
- ensure students have opportunities to make relevant, contextual, and authentic connections
- design interdisciplinary tasks and investigations
- be mindful of culture, community, and place
- build on students’ background knowledge
Numeracy in the World: Conrad Wolfram
Learning by rote is not the answer – unlocking the creative power of problem-solving is what will enthuse British schoolchildren and make them world-class, argues mathematician Conrad Wolfram