Jessica Watson Courageous Analysis

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The article I chose to base my assignment on was Jessica Watson's triumphant and courageous solo circumnavigation of the world. I felt it was likely to generate an interest with the children. There is almost hundreds of ways this could be tackled and each way makes the article become real and of importance to the children . This is a big accomplishment for someone so young and I feel that it is also good to place positive role models in our children's path as often as possible. Here is the link for the article http://www.abc.net.au/news/events/jessica-watson-arrival/ Children often form the belief that they don't need maths, or it isn't important in their daily lives. Using quantitative literacy teaches them just how relevant maths is…show more content…
Which made me wonder if he was "getting it" I realized I had begun to explain it a little to mathematically, I had taken it away from the fun Jessica Watson and gone in to the usual way of teaching maths . When I took it back to the factors that effected Jessica, and why she may not have always had the same amount of travel each day the interest was ignited. One of the children commented that they couldn't believe that all this fun maths was in the paper. That to me was priceless to see that they were using skills they already had and applying it in a way that was opening up their understanding to the…show more content…
Through the reading I have done for this assignment I have become committed to the importance of teaching children so they are quantitively literate. It is such a huge part of the way our society functions. It is alarming to me to think that to often what is taught in the classroom stays just there. The children aren't able to make the link to bring it into real life use. It is a definite skill. It is very easy to be reading the paper and brush over the facts and figures that are included throughout the article finish reading the article and then thinking how well informed we are. When if the truth is told we have failed to grasp the true depth of the article because we have not learnt to process information in the appropriate way. As an educator I can't wait to teach in a way that brings all the elements together for the
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