Attributes of the literate and numerate

How are literacy and numeracy similar?

People who are literate… People who are numerate…
read and write to further their knowledge of other subjects use math to further their knowledge of other subjects
interpret text from a variety of different genres (e.g. poetry, technical prose, fictional prose) interpret numerical (algebraic), graphical, diagrammatic and written information
select the appropriate genre/voice for their audience/purpose select the appropriate mathematics to model the situation
express themselves in a variety of genres use numerical (algebraic), graphical, diagrammatic and written expression
can evaluate the reliability and relevance of sources can evaluate to accuracy and efficiency of a solution
deepen their skills by reading and writing for pleasure deepen their skills by using them for pleasure (e.g. board games, logic puzzles)

What are the elements of a successful numeracy development program? What elements are (or aren’t) present in typical math classroom?

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