Transition Planning for MEL4E Students to the Workplace


In this course, there are three units:


  1. Data Management
  2. Personal Finance
  3. Applications of Geometry


Once students in this class graduate, they are likely to begin work or may take post-secondary courses in a non-mathematics related field.


Despite not working in STEM fields, they will most likely still be required to use the three major math skills that have been touched on in this course.


Unfortunately, there will no longer be a caring and supporting educator helping them understand the math if they are still confused and unsure of the concepts. Often times, their employer may not be sympathetic to their lack  of skill development or mistakes as their teachers were. Sadly, people sometimes get fired or simply held back in their careers because of too many unintentional errors.

For example, a store salesperson can experience severe punishment if a major clerical error loses money for the company. A builder’s assistant may not be rehired if they make too many measuring errors and cost the builder money in lost materials. The CRA audits and sometimes penalizes people who do not file or improperly file their taxes. Even self-employed people can experience financial ruin or a negative reputation if they do not manage their finances and products/services properly. These are just a few of problems that people with low mathematical skills and poor work habits experience.


All we can do as educators is make students aware of the competitiveness and sometimes unforgiving nature of the work world, while continuing to encourage them to practice and reflect on their math skills wherever possible and seek help from trusted sources.


Not all employers/clients will be understanding like a teacher. Companies and businesses exist to make profits. Social Services have checks and balances and must show accountability to remain funded. Most supervisors will weed out those who present a risk to productivity, profits and accountability in order to cover their own tracks. Some people get set up to fail unintentionally because of poor hiring practices/management. Students who learn self-advocacy will be most likely to remain afloat and thrive in such environments.


Conferencing with the student and parents/guardians is a good way to get them involved in supporting their teen’s positive decision making skills and mindfulness.  Involving a guidance teacher may also assist them in terms of career building skills. If possible, involving local business owners/managers may help students to understand what is expected of them once they are finished their studies. However, at the end of the day, the student is the one responsible for their success.However, at the end of the day, the student is the one responsible for their success.

Data Management IRL: Show Us What You Know

MEL4E Data Unit Culminating Activity

Course – MEL4E

Unit: Reasoning With Data

Expectation: Interpreting and Displaying Data

Task: In groups, pairs or individually, choose a topic to investigate :

1. Teach the class how to read and interpret graphs (e.g., bar graph, broken-line graph, histogram) obtained from various sources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, Statistics Canada website)

2. Teach the class how to distinguish between the terms population and sample, describe the characteristics of a good sample, and explain why sampling is necessary (e.g., time, cost, or physical constraints)

3. Show the class from start to finish about how you can collect, analyze and make conclusions about data from your source of choice (primary or secondary)

4. Pick a tool (e.g., dynamic statistical software, graphing calculator, spreadsheet) to represent categorical data by constructing graphs and show the class how to use it

5. Find an example of how data has been misused to promote an agenda in the past. Show the class how the source used the data to manipulate others, and teach about how to identify and question biased data

6. Research the Who/What/Where/When/Why and how about a career or lifestyle where data management is used regularly. Show the class your findings.