Mathematics Literacy: Investigating and Constructing Curricula to Revitalize Mathematics Instruction

The mathematical achievement level of students is of extreme concern. This curriculum project seeks to reverse this trend by filling the need for increased mathematics literacy, improved self-efficacy and student motivation. These needs will be met through incorporating writing, real world activities and project based learning. Many activities build upon students’ backgrounds and interests to make content not only accessible, but engaging. The author focuses on teaching and assessing for understanding while designing the curriculum “backward” from those conclusions. Many students’ self-efficacy and view on mathematics were low and negative upon entering the mathematics course. Their confidence improved throughout the course while implementing the strategies. Success of this project relies on choosing meaningful writing prompts, real world activities and projects that pique student motivation and interest in mathematics. With proper implementation of the curriculum, these are effective strategies that support the learning of mathematics.