Math Literacy

Meaningful Learning @ SMA

Meaningful Learning @ SMA

Meaningful Learning refers to the concept that the learned knowledge is fully understood by the individual and that the individual knows how that specific knowledge relates to other knowledge stored in your brain or even to our daily life. In meaningful learning, students are “integrating” new information into old information (Novak 2002). It engages students emotionally, socially and cognitively and promotes success. From[Read More…]

by September 23, 2017 High School, Math Literacy
Measurement at the SMA pool!

Measurement at the SMA pool!

Measurements are so often taken for granted and we sometimes do not appreciate the splendid importance measurements play in our lives. For examples, people use measurements in simple home tasks like cooking where one may need to use a weighing scale or read the temperature of an oven when baking. Measurement is the process of determining the ratio of a physical quantity, such[Read More…]

by August 10, 2017 High School, Math Literacy
Grade 11 are getting to grips with BMI in Maths Literacy

Grade 11 are getting to grips with BMI in Maths Literacy

Data Collection is the process of gathering and measuring information on variables of interest. Our Grade 11 students were asked to determine their body mass index (bmi). The BMI is an attempt to quantify the amount of tissue mass (muscle, fat, and bone) in an individual, and then categorise that person as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese based on that value. The session was[Read More…]

by June 18, 2017 High School, Math Literacy
Irresistible MOVEMENT in Mathematical Literacy

Irresistible MOVEMENT in Mathematical Literacy

After an intense Mathematical Literacy period with the Grade 10s on household financial documents, we took a short break, which turned out to be a vital part of the learning. The students had an opportunity to stretch, run, and laugh and were energised and ready for the following period. During this down time the brain processes the content covered and embeds vital[Read More…]

by May 1, 2017 High School, Math Literacy
The Price is Right in Maths Literacy.

The Price is Right in Maths Literacy.

How to Price Your Products One of the secrets to business success is pricing your products properly but pricing a product is probably the toughest thing there is to do. There are a variety of different types of pricing strategies in business. There is no assured approach that suits all types of products and businesses. Pricing your product usually involves considering[Read More…]

by March 2, 2017 High School, Math Literacy
We are ready to roll at Silvermine Academy

We are ready to roll at Silvermine Academy

The Silvermine Academy Journey of 2017 has hit the ground running. Teaching and learning began on day one and the desire to learn among the students, at least in Mathematical Literacy, is apparent. The Grade 10s have begun by revising the concept of numbers and calculation with numbers and are having fun solving all sorts of operations using their preferred acronym “PEMDAS” What[Read More…]

by January 22, 2017 High School, Math Literacy
Grade 10 learners building models of the rooms they designed

Mathematical Literacy at Silvermine Academy

Being able to interpret the physical space around you, is a skill that we learn in Mathematical Literacy. At the end of last term, the Grade 10s had to design their own room, make a scale drawing of the floor plan, and build a 3D model of the room. At first this sounded like a simple task, but they soon realised[Read More…]

by August 1, 2016 High School, Math Literacy
Mathematical Literacy: Making Sense of Aliens

Mathematical Literacy: Making Sense of Aliens

Like death and taxes, one of the certainties of life is that you will use Mathematics on a daily basis. You  may not always be aware of it, but your brain is constantly busy doing calculations! So you won’t ever truly be done with Mathematics. It is for this reason that doing Mathematics in some form at school is essential. Unfortunately, Mathematics[Read More…]

by May 11, 2016 High School, Math Literacy
Geography and Mathematical Literacy

Geography and Mathematical Literacy

SMA geographers from Grade 10 to 12 have all been learning about different aspects of climatology. From the layers of the atmosphere in Grade 10 to global air circulation and pressure belts in Grade 11, and in Grade 12 the development of mid-latitude cyclones, tropical cyclones and the anticyclones that play an important part in the weather of our continent.[Read More…]

by February 12, 2016 Geography, Math Literacy
Geography, Maths Lit and Climbing

Geography, Maths Lit and Climbing

While the pressure is really on for the Grade 12s now, it is a slightly more relaxed term for the rest. The Grade 12s are busy completing the syllabus and frantically doing, completing, or enhancing a variety of tasks and assignments. The Grade 10 and 11 Maths Lit learners are learning about the wonderful effects of compound interest and how a[Read More…]

by August 7, 2015 Geography, Math Literacy, Sport