Mathematical Literacy

On Teaching Math Episode 8


Mathematical literacy empowers students to be flexible and apply what they know in unexpected, unanticipated ways.  The reason instilling mathematical literacy in students is worth the focus and effort is that students can go far beyond whatever it is we teach, or fail to, teach them.

In this episode we discuss both sides of mathematical literacy, why it is so powerful, how to help students develop literacy, and what common actions by math teachers hamper the development of mathematical literacy.

To read an article that discusses specific ways in which you can develop literacy, please click here.

If you're interested in more information on the power of words and language, there is an excellent episode of the podcast RadioLab.  You can access that episode by clicking the link here.

For further, content-specific exploration into how you can provide opportunities for your students to develop mathematical literacy, consider reading the most recent blog post.  You can do so by clicking the link here.

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