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How can non-math teachers teach mathematical literacy across the curriculum? Slides from a talk I gave at Sargent Park School on November 7, 2008.

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  • 1. Sargent Park School November 7, 2008 Numeracy Across the Curriculum or ... I read the news today. Oh boy! Darren Kuropatwa Dept. Head Mathematics Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute
  • 2. Why should we care about mathematics?
  • 3. Why should we care about mathematics? job skills, needs of science and technology
  • 4. Why should we care about mathematics? job skills, needs of science and technology essential understanding to be a responsible citizen
  • 5. Why should we care about mathematics? job skills, needs of science and technology curiosity beauty essential understanding to play be a responsible citizen and transcendence
  • 6. Why should we care about mathematics? Ambition, Distraction, Uglication, and Derision The Mock Turtle went on. We had the best of educations . . . Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with, and then the different branches of ArithmeticAmbition, Distraction, Uglication, and Derision. I never heard of Uglication, Alice ventured to say. What is it? The Gryphon lifted up both its paws in surprise. Never heard of uglifying! it exclaimed. You know what to beautify is, I suppose? Yes, said Alice, doubtfully: it meansto makeanythingprettier. Well, then, the Gryphon went on, if you don't know what to uglify is, you are a simpleton.
  • 7. Why should we care about mathematics? job skills, needs of science and technology curiosity beauty essential understanding to play be a responsible citizen and transcendence
  • 8. Why should we care about mathematics? curiosity beauty essential understanding to play be a responsible citizen and transcendence
  • 9. Why should we care about mathematics? quot;Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efcient citizenship as the ability to read and write.quot; 1866-1946
  • 10. Why should we care about mathematics? Did you know that there are three kinds of statisticians those that can count and those that can't.
  • 11. Why should we care about mathematics? 50% of marriages end in divorce. Thus if you don't le for divorce, your wife will.
  • 12. Why should we care about mathematics? curiosity? beauty? play? transcendence?
  • 13. Why should we care about mathematics? Garrett Lisi: A beautiful new theory of everything
  • 14. Why should we care about mathematics? E8 has 248 dimensions Discovered between 1888 and 1890
  • 15. Why should we care about mathematics? Look at some of Chris Jordans work ... is it beauty, play, transcendence, or is he just Running the Numbers ... 2.3 million folded prison uniforms = number of Americans incarcerated in 2005
  • 16. Depicts one hundred million toothpicks, equal to the number of trees cut in the U.S. yearly to make the paper for junk mail.
  • 17. Depicts 32,000 Barbies, equal to the number of elective breast augmentation surgeries performed monthly in the US in 2006.
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  • 19. Detail at actual print size
  • 20. Depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.
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  • 22. Detail at actual print size
  • 23. Why dont students do better in mathematics? 5 misconceptions about math (1) mathematics = computation
  • 24. Why dont students do better in mathematics? 5 misconceptions about math (1) mathematics = computation pattern recognition
  • 25. a little magic ...
  • 26. Year were you born a little magic ...
  • 27. Year of a signicant event in your life a little magic ...
  • 28. Your age a little magic ...
  • 29. Years that have passed since the signicant event a little magic ...
  • 30. Year were you born Year of a signicant event in your life Your age Years that have passed since the signicant event a little magic ...
  • 31. Year were you born + Year of a signicant event in your life Your age + Years that have passed since the signicant event a little magic ...
  • 32. Why dont students do better in mathematics? 5 misconceptions about math (2) its strictly hierarchical
  • 33. Why dont students do better in mathematics? 5 misconceptions about math (2) its strictly hierarchical learning is networked
  • 34. Why dont students do better in mathematics? 5 misconceptions about math (3) no place for storytelling
  • 35. Why dont students do better in mathematics? 5 misconceptions about math (3) no place for storytelling contextualizes learning
  • 36. Why dont students do better in mathematics? 5 misconceptions about math (4) exclusivity: few people can understand math
  • 37. Why dont students do better in mathematics? 5 misconceptions about math (4) exclusivity: few people can understand math accessible to everyone
  • 38. Why dont students do better in mathematics? (5) its a numbing discipline, lacking lustre or beauty
  • 39. Why dont students do better in mathematics? (5) its a numbing discipline, lacking lustre or beauty
  • 40. literacy?
  • 41. Clarence Fish

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