RaPAL

Research and Practice in Adult Literacy – a friendly group

Make Maths Meaningful

Developing learning materials relevant to real life

Offered in partnership with NIACE, this half day workshop explored how conventional literacy practices can present barriers to maths learners, and proposed alternative learning materials and activities which are more relevant to everyday life. This offer is now archived. Enquiries may be sent to NIACE or contact RaPAL for more information.

Background

How can we make adult numeracy or maths learning relevant to everyday life? Usually, we offer context-based word-problems, but learners often just ignore the context and do not relate the problem to real life.

This highly interactive session explores how conventional literacy practices can present barriers to maths learners, and proposes alternative learning materials and activities which are more relevant to everyday life. If your phone has an audio-record function, please bring it along!

Target Audience

This half day training workshop is particularly relevant to:
– Adult numeracy, literacy and ESOL tutors
– Functional Skills tutors
– GCSE Maths tutors[i]

[1] Many colleges are once more offering GCSE Maths to adult learners as an alternative to Functional Maths

Please being any mobile technology you may have with you.

Training Aims

Rather than offering “quick fix” solutions, the aims of this reflective and interactive session are:
– To enhance understanding and innovative practice in relating learning to everyday life
– To promote practitioner-research in developing new materials and approaches.

Objectives

By the end of the session participants will have:
– Gained an improved understanding of how literacy is used in the maths classroom;
– Recognised why word problems do not always encourage learners to relate learning to everyday life;
– Explored how different genres of written learning materials are associated with different types of classroom activity; and ,
– Taken away practical tips for practitioner action research in developing learning materials and activities for the maths classroom.
– Had the opportunity to engage with learning materials and reflect on and discuss your own responses.

Audio-recordings from adult numeracy classroom settings will be played to illustrate real learners’ responses to different learning materials and activities.

Programme Outline

12.15pm Arrival and registration (Lunch, tea and coffee available)
Networking

1.00pm Welcome and introductions
The problem with word-problems; what do we mean by context?
– Try it yourself
– Listening to Learners
How to avoid A4 worksheets
What are the alternatives?
Why we should use them?
– Try it yourself
– Listening to Learners
Practical Activity:
Practitioner action research in your own setting
– Try it yourself (audio-recording your own groupwork)
Plenary and evaluation

4.00pm Close

Booking Training

The pilot session ran on the 3rd October 2013 in Leicester.

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