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Webinar 6: Numeracy

Welcome!Make sure:you can hear us andwe can hear youthenMute your microphoneWhile waiting to begin1. Test your systemFacilitators:From LLNandVET meeting place:Ann LeskeChemne Sinson

From Vanguard Visions:Allison Miller

2. Introduce yourselfType into chat box (bottom left corner of screen)Tell us: who you are where you work what you do contact info (optional) other (?)1


Phone02 8417 2487Enter Code966 6792 #Technical problems?2


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Were recording!Mute or unmute your micMic etiquetteKeep mic mutedIf you want to speak, type in chat box: may I speak? or equivalentType messages and questions hereEveryone sees all messagesCamera off, please3

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Mention: for most of webinar intent is to remain muted. If we invite speaking, etiquette:Keep it short and conciseSpeak only if contribution or query is beneficial to all.If you have a query relevant to your own situation, please type in chat box.3

Allison Miller

TechnologyJust so you know who we areAnn Leske


Chemne Sinson




Consider and identify what is involved in the FS numeracyExplain why its necessary to tune-in to the FS numeracyIdentify at least one strategy you can feasibly use in your own training to build and support numeracy skill development.

Webinar 6 objectives5


Webinar 6 agenda6WhatWhyHow2:30 3:45pm AEDT


Topic 1: What is numeracy?7ActivityWhat comes to mind when you think about numeracy?

From my experience, when Im finding out more about a new learner, and I mention numeracy some people groan or say immediately Im no good at that

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Invite people to type into chat box.

Respond then show next slide with our thoughts.7

Topic 1: What is numeracy?8

Learners with negative experiencesWhat are my limitations?Measurement Fractions and decimals

ActivityWhat comes to mind when you think about numeracy?

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Broad concepts of numeracy8

9What does numeracy involve?

ACSF Indicator .09Identifying mathematical information and meaning in activities and texts

ACSF Indicator .10Using and applying mathematical knowledge and problem solving processes

ACSF Indicator .11Communicating and representing concepts

ACSF advises Numeracy is about using mathematics to make sense of the world and applying mathematics in a context for a social purpose.PIAAC states Numeracy is the ability to access use interpret and communicate mathematical information and ideas, in order to engage in and manage the mathematical demands of a range of situations on adult lifeGenerally it involves 3 stepsReading/Listening/Watching - Interpreting Excavating the maths from the real world - often this is a literacy related act (could involve reading/writing/speaking) Calculating working something outPutting the solution/findings back into the real world, communicating Recording or expressing the outcome another Literacy act (could involve reading/writing/speaking) 9

Topic 2: Why tune in to numeracy?10

ActivityWhat numeracy challenges do your learners experience? (First 1 2 thoughts)

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ActivityWhat numeracy challenges do your learners experience?Topic 2: Why tune in to numeracy?Unpacking instructions or stepsWorking out what to doCommunicating outcome effectively11

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Topic 2: Why tune in to numeracy?12that the results, no matter how you read them, demonstrate that a significant number of Australians aged 15 years and upwards do not have access to sufficient numeracy and mathematical skills to cope equitably with life in the 21st century.

The capacity to make informed decisions in the workplace or when out shopping, following instructions about a medical or health matter, making decisions about financial matters, or understanding the implications of, say, gambling all require good numeracy skills.

The results of these surveys show that millions of Australians do not have such foundational numeracy skills and are, potentially, disempowered.Dave Tout LinkedIn TAE Newcomers 2/10/15, referring to Numeracy results PIAAC 2013


Dave Toutcheck who knows who he is. If needed, introduce Dave as:Works for ACERNumeracy guru.

Ann has pulled together statements from Daves presentations:

Point 1:Too many of us dont have the numeracy skills we needPoint 2:Ability to make informed decisions requires good numeracy skills(we often think of reading, but not of numeracy)Point 3:We are potential disempowered by lack of foundational numeracy skills.Hand over to Ann12

ActivityComplete this sentence:If Im teaching a new skill, or revising a skill, the first activity I do is .Topic 3: How can we build numeracy skills?13

Pose question (show on slide).

Give time for participants to type responses in chat box, then stay with this slide and discuss:

If you have time and the delivery possibility games are worthwhile

Dave Tout Maths is Fun (Book) and VALBEC (Beth Marr\) Strength in Numbers (On-line resource) have many activities to engage.


Get started building numeracy skillsa checklistPrepareBe aware of the learners needsBe aware of the task demandCheckAsk learners what they know about the skillDeliverOutline the session structureExpose how the foundation skill relates to the taskName the key purpose or skillExplain why the skill will be relevantExplain what the skill links toUse the ACSF/CSfW language.

14Covered in multiple webinars

Expose and be explicit about the foundation skill under the microscope be explicit


Part 1 teaching tipsCommon skillsSpecific workplace skills

Part 2 use technology to build numeracy skills

15How can we build numeracy skills?well cover


ChallengesWords can be difficult to understandWords can be misinterpreted, misunderstood, confusing

SolutionsTeach the language of maths and numeracyEncourage speaking and reading about maths and numeracy

How can we build numeracy skills?16

The language and discourse of mathematics are crucial to the understanding and learning of mathematics and numeracyContext has associated languageBe aware of the reading/ language involvedNumeracy is not separated from reading or writingDealing with Reading and Numeracy skills and strategies at the same time is not uncommon particularly in the unpacking stage what is this about? What am I being asked to do? What are the steps involved?


How can we improve our use of numeric language?How can we build numeracy skills?17Khan AcademyTo find the percentage of a number eg 25% of 36, multiply the number (36) by 25, and then divide by 100How could you improve these instructions?Consider this

Ensure instructions are clear

Training manuals can be very dense and confusing

Step by step17

Develop:Estimation skills In the head techniques

What is a reasonable answer?How can we build numeracy skills?18

Estimation is an important skill, often overlooked as a first step. Some roles are in the front line with customers who ask for and expect rough quotes, cost estimates, or explanation for whats needed how much carpet?, how many plants can I buy for $$$. Even if a calculator I handy its important to recognise if an answer is off track.There can be more than one way to work something out


Check and develop knowledge and understanding of mathematics

Place value+ - x Algebra Working with 10s, 100s, 1000sLink between percentage decimals and fractionsRatios, statisticsMetric systemGeometry

How can we build numeracy skills?19

Build confidence to manipulate numbers in problem solving tasksThe ACSF provides clear stepping stones for what to expect or teach at different levels. Many of these listed are common skills and knowledge in many VET contextsDemonstrate the how to do it steps clearly talking through the steps out loud exposing what you are thinking at this point. I carry this one to this column becausePromote use of estimation Promote use of in the head techniques (eg manipulating zeros, movement of decimal point to find 10%)Hands on equipment to manipulate (MAB blocks for Base 10 our decimal and metric system, tape measures, scales.Games/Activities to promote discussion, exchanging ideas and strategies (VALBEC Strength in Numbers are very adaptable)Visual resources (eg Khan Academy) - colour chalk/explanation, quizzes with answers available. You TubeTake a step back and explore the algebra from the learners perspective where are the potential problems or confusion points?- which subtraction strategy is used the borrow and pay back or the exchange on the top row whats involved?Use online/self correcting activities where possible eg the MSA Flooring Technology Making Measurement works has two sections calculating and measuring. The calculating section covers many of the skills listed here. Link on resources pageMake it interesting bring something new and unexpected have a look at the list of interesting sites on the Resources page scale of the universe is fascinating

develop a methodology for answering questions through asking:What am I being asked?What data do I have?How would I do this calculation?What data do I need?How do I interpret my answer?


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