Making Magical Math Moments

Confusing, Boring, Frustrating, are the adjectives used by many students in math class. Unfortunately many adults are mathematically illiterate and feel no shame. It is commonplace to hear this phrase at a restaurant, ” You figure out the check plus tip because I am so bad in math.” However. No one would state I can’t read the menu. Society accepts this attitude and it is the responsibility of the schools to change this concept. How? How?
The old school teaching is based upon memorization of formulas- just plug in numbers with no ttttt we must keep track of what we spend. Use the technique of rounding. We must not be solely dependent upon paper and pencil. We need the mental exercise. Encourage your child to figure the bill as you shop. This estimation is not a guess but rather an educated guess. We must instill a love for math as a young child building a foundation and not a fear of failure. Give them the confidence to tackle the problem and not tell them were so bad in math or this is a boy thing.
It is your role to instill confidence. Most of all this should be made fun. We can’t cuddle with a math book but we can make it an interesting discourse by asking questions, ” why do you think that?” Giving the child opportunity to argue their reasoning encourages higher order thinking.
To our teachers and parents lets relinquish our role as the sage on the stage but rather be the guide on the side.
“Chalk Talk” “Drill and Kill” must be made a thing of the past. Young children have limited attention span and must be actively involved in the task not a passive learner. You must manipulate with your hands. I believe strongly when a child holds it in his hands, he will then hold it in his hands. The solution is technology. Our tech savvy youngster feels in control as he swipes the iPad. Learning the mandated topic elapsed time can be most mundane through the cardboard classroom calendar. When the child sees a mobile calendar containing colorful graphics and voice activation he becomes a part of the lesson. The goal is to make learning a joy and challenge not purely rote without involvement.
Teachers and parents must try to make every day life a magical math moment. Going to the supermarket is ideal. Have child practice mental math as items are placed in the cart. Round off prices and estimate the bill. If 2 cans of soda cost $5, how much is 1 can? Shopping for wire to fence a garden or how much carpet needed for your bedroom? Checking a recipe. Setting a timer. Reading the.train schedule. Math is all around us. Solving real life problems is meaningful and fun. We now have new innovative tools to help us. Let us use these mobile apps as a springboard to learning. Remember: As the old adage states, ” we can bring a horse to water but we can’t make him drink it.” I believe it is our job to make him very thirsty with technology.

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