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Functional Math: Dynamic Math Skills in Daily Life

Updated: Apr 7, 2022

Math is meaningless if we are unable to apply it to real-life context. Problems in real-world contexts often include mathematical concepts. Students should be able to apply relevant mathematical concepts and solve problems accordingly.

For example, in everyday life, we apply 4 operations with decimals in the context of money when purchasing items from a store. For example, Justin goes to Funpark with some of his friends. He buys all four his friends and himself tickets which cost $7.00 each. He also buys a piece of pizza for all of his friends and himself which cost $2.50 per slice. If Justin had $55.00 to begin with, how much does he have now? This seemingly simple problem requires addition, subtraction, multiplication, decimals, and the ability to know which operation should come first. This is also known as contextual processing when required in a specific context - shopping.

In the context of personal and household finance, an understanding of simple and compound interest, taxation and instalments is required.

Contextual Processing is one part of a whole series of dynamic math tasks that Total Communication Therapy can support children with. Our team of Educational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Educational Psychologists each play a role in supporting dynamic thinking skills. Please speak to a member of our team today to find out more.

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