makes math exciting and pertinent by making it personal. By demonstrating the personal relevance math has in daily life— today and in the future, Lifestyle Math
motivates students to apply themselves to their math studies and helps them prove to themselves
that they can do math if they try.
An expanded version of the budget exercise in chapter four of Career Choices, Lifestyle Math
begins with the same premise -- asking
young people to think about and plan for the kind of life they want to have by age 29. Then, as students work through the development of
a detailed budget, they encounter each of the Common Core State Standard for Mathematical Practice:
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model with mathematics.
- Use appropriate tools strategically.
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure.
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
also helps to alleviate some of the anxiety students have about the future by discussing complicated financial literacy and life planning issues and reducing them to essential mathematical concepts they already know.
In addition to basic budgeting topics, Lifestyle Math
also gives students practice with:
- Simple and compounded interest
- Affordability indexes
- Insurance deductibles
- Planning nutritious menus
- Saving for emergencies and retirement
- Calculating net income from gross earnings
- Estimating annual earning potential from hourly pay rates
- Adjusting spending when economic conditions warrant
- Federal financial aid and student loans
, the online correction tool for Lifestyle Math
, makes personalized math possible. As students develop a budget for their
desired lifestyle,they’ll check their math computations using this web-based instrument.