How important is math to health?
Submitted by Kathy_Tracey on July 12, 2017 - 8:58pm
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How does math connect to our health and wellness? And how do we improve math skills in students? In an interesting study shared on PLOS One, a peer reviewed open access journal, the authors indicated improved numeracy demonstrates correlations with 'quality decision processes and outcomes.' Specific examples include individuals who have higher numeracy skills have better health outcomes and do better financially by managing income, loans, and credit cards. According to the article, when teachers used a psychological intervention strategy called values affirmation where students reflect on core values and write about their important values, they are reminded of the positive aspects of their identity and build resiliency as they improve numeracy skills.
I hope you take a minute to reflect on the linked articles and share your thoughts. How do you help students affirm their values? Do you feel this helps in the classroom? And do you see the connection between numeracy and health or financial literacy.
I look forward to your comments.