Numeracy. Humans have been calculating beyond simple recognition of quantities for only a few thousand years. For this reason, to learn the sophisticated set of procedures involved in the numerical operations of adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, using fractions, decimals and percent—and particularly in solving problems using these procedures efficiently—the learner must be systematically taught. Because each step is building a hierarchy of skills, each step must be mastered by the learner. This is the task of every teacher and every learner in Grades 1-7.
Many learners have difficulty with mastery of math procedures and concepts. This happens for a variety of reasons. Regardless, there is no short cut in this step by step procedure.
Learners with learning disabilities, who have problems with mastery through oral instruction, or whose pace of learning is slower, or whose ability to pay attention was compromised, develop gaps in the learning hierarchy platform. They don’t master their multiplication tables in a timely way, or they have difficulty with the language of problem solving or knowing what operation is called for. They have serious difficulty with math as the grades proceed. Self-confidence and self-esteem plummet. They avoid practice and they make matters worse. Eventually their teachers recommend the simpler math programs, the ones that do not lead to university or post-secondary education. This compromises their future education, since the principles of Math 11 in high school are the key to many post-secondary programs. They lack the qualifications they need for their chosen vocational path.
At the Vancouver Learning Centre we address the math curriculum proactively from grades 1 to post-secondary levels.
At any level we begin by using a learner’s strength (e.g., visual display) to build the math hierarchy into a solid structure in a step-by-step manner. We fill in the gaps as we proceed. Using the Week-Ahead Program we preview the learner’s math program one-to-one. Using our innovative teaching methods our talented faculty who specialize in teaching math help the student successfully achieve the credentials they need.
In grades 10 and higher, if the learner is not successful in learning math in the classroom, we opt to teach correspondence courses one-to-one. The student is able to earn the credentials needed at their own pace, taught by teachers who know how to teach math and how the student learns best.
VLC students have a high rate of success of earning the grades they need in math principles 11 and 12 to enter their post-secondary programs of choice.