Category Archives: Numeracy

Making connections: Numeracy & Mathematics and the world of work

The following materials will be of interest to anyone who would like to explore connections between numeracy/mathematics and the world of work. It includes an interactive financial education resource, Money Talks, an article on how mathematics is used in the workplace from the Mathematics Association of America and Citizen Maths, a site for people who want to become more confident in using maths at work and in life.     There are also links to the National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub, a virtual learning environment for all practitioners and a copy of the latest Numeracy and Mathematics Resource Guide.

 

‘Making Education your Business’ – a five step guide to school/employer partnerships

MEYB CBIThis new guide developed by teachers and businesses together with the Royal Society in response to its call for closer collaboration between education, industry and academia.  It aims to provide support school or college-employer partnerships mainly through the lens of STEM.  The guide sets out 5 simple steps for companies planning to engage with education or extend their educational partnerships along side a number of case studies that highlight key features of a successful, mutually beneficial educational scheme.

You can access the ‘Making education your business’ guide here.

 

Learning Families – Intergenerational Approaches to Literacy Teaching and Learning

“All of the programmes featured in this publication by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning  share valuable experiences and lessons. They reflect a view of effective learning families whereby each child is a member of a family, and within a learning family every member is a lifelong learner. Among disadvantaged families and communities in particular, a family literacy and learning approach is more likely to break the intergenerational cycle of low education and literacy skills..” (Elfert and Hanermann 2014)

http://uil.unesco.org/fileadmin/keydocuments/Literacy/en/learning-families.pdf

https://familylearningscot.wordpress.com/

Family Learning Research

This report presents findings from a study of family literacy programmes in England carried out by the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) between July 2013 and May 2015. This mixed-methods study was funded by the Nuffield Foundation and explored: 1) the impact of school-based family literacy programmes on young children’s progress in reading and writing; and 2) how parents translate and implement what they learn in these classes into the home literacy environment. This study provides evidence that after attending family literacy sessions children improve their literacy skills and there are positive changes in the home literacy environment.

http://www.nrdc.org.uk/?p=838

https://familylearningscot.wordpress.com/

Join the conversation about differentiated learning

Briefing 1 – Differentiated learning in numeracy and mathematics

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This briefing summarises research on differentiated learning and considers how it could be used to improve learner outcomes in numeracy and mathematics.

Study the briefing and any follow-up research you can and then please give us your views on these challenge questions:

• Tell us how you differentiate for learning in numeracy and mathematics within your classroom? What range of strategies can we use?

• How do we work out if these strategies are effective?

• How to do we make learners aware of what differentiation is and how it helps their learning?

Big ask I know. No single one of us has all the answers but together? Let’s co-create some wisdom on this topic!

You will need your Glow username to take part.

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DESMOS Support for Practitioners

Desmos is a graphing calculator which millions of students around the world use for free.   Desmos also create activities on top of that calculator, helping students use a powerful tool to experience all the curiosity, beauty, and sense that math has to offer. Those activities were used so often by so many teachers around the world they created an Activity Builder, helping every teacher create digital math activities that equal and exceed the activities they create themselves.

Using this activity builder the National Mathematics Development Group has created online support for the SQA National Qualifications.

Please log on to GLOW and visit our blog which has handy hints and tips for practitioners alongside activities linked to the SQA Assessment Standards for National 5 , Higher and Advanced Higher Mathematics.

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/desmosresources/

LEARNING IN CARE REFERENCE TOOL

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This document aims to support care staff working collaboratively with education staff to support children and young people with their learning in the care setting. It recognises that care staff are already supporting children and young people’s learning in care, and aims to provide them with practical examples which will assist services to further improve learning outcomes for children and young people across care and education. The examples of learning experiences which follow are organised in the 3 key curriculum areas which are the responsibility of all: literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing.

Click here to open the document as a pdf.

Click here to discuss this in the Inclusion Hub on GLOW.

Countdown to Christmas

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Let’s have a jolly time trying to solve the puzzles on the nrich Advent Calendars

Primary Advent Calendar 2015 

Twenty-four activities, one for each day in the run-up to Christmas. This year, the tasks have been chosen to encourage mathematical creativity.

Secondary Advent Calendar 2015

Explore a task from nrich Wild Maths site on each day in the run up to Christmas.Ho3

 

West Lothian College STEM Manifesto

West Lothian College has pledged to develop  a spirit of innovation, WLC pledgeenterprise and partnership in STEM education and training.  They aim to provide first class and consistent opportunities for all their learners in this area.

The college will focus on a wide range of issues in order to create new and flexible methods of learning to maximise educational outcomes around STEM.  These include giving STEM education a more prominent status, focusing on employment opportunities in this area, raising awareness and promoting  STEM subjects and to develop innovation and entrepreneurial skills in learners.

For more information on the West Lothian College pledge and STEM manifesto please visit www.west-lothian.ac.uk

 

Today (Mon 23rd Nov, 2015) is… Fibonacci Day

Writing November 23rd the American way, we have 1123 – what a coincidence. They are the first four numbers of Fibonacci’s sequence.

Leonardo of Pisa, better known as Fibonacci, is responsible for the Fibonacci Sequence (or Fibonacci numbers) – a pattern of counting where each number is the sum of the previous two. As well as being prevalent in nature, this kind of system is used widely in computer data storage and processing, and Fibonacci Day recognises the importance and value of Fibonacci’s contributions to mathematics.

Below is a link to some resources and investigations that can be used in the classroom.

http://nrich.maths.org/public/search.php?search=fibonacci