Students generally find maths boring when done only in text books. Following these ways certainly makes maths interesting and fun for students:
1. Let them know why they need the concept
First of all its important to let the students know why they are doing a particular concept. Find out where the students will use each math topic you teach. It’s great you use actual examples in the topic and its relevance. In Maplemaths, students make connections between the math topic and the real world. Maths is essential part of lives. It is almost everywhere, such as engineering, science, and technology. Scientists and engineers can’t do anything without the use of mathematics. They use it for analyzing data, pattern recognition, and evidence seeking. It offers a way which is very helpful and guides the students to understand the complex data and information. Click here to read more on importance of maths in our lives.
We can find maths in the kitchen. An example : We can do a lot of math in kitchen of the house. Cooking and baking get children engaged. After all, recipes are step-by-step sequence of operations to be performed.
Working in the kitchen has maths :
- Measuring ingredients to follow a recipe.
- Multiplying / dividing fractions to account for more or less than a single batch.
- Converting a recipe from millimeter to standard units (teaspoon, tablespoon, cups).
- Calculating cooking time per each item.
- Understanding ratios and proportions, particularly in baking.
2. Doing Maths with examples helps in better understanding of concepts
Avoid the focus on doing just algebraic formulas and thereby doing calculations for the solutions. Rather, let the
students do practical problems and the find out practical ways for solutions. Instead of starting each topic with a formula, start with concrete examples of the problems. Then, help the students see how the math theory can help to solve such problems.To teach the science concepts based on maths like speed, velocity , gear system….robotics is both hands-on and can be done with many examples and different models.
3. Start with an interesting, real-world problem
Generate curiosity by asking real-world problems rather than telling the formulas to find correct answers. Use pictures, diagrams,videos that show an interesting problem in your area so that students can identify with them.
4. Creativity and ownership
Many math students feel very little ownership for the topics they are doing. They have little say in the concept topics of maths. The same assignments are given to students every year with no change. It’s not surprising there is little enthusiasm for students.
There are many ways we can encourage creativity in math. Technology is one of the ways and it get students to use creative means to explain a maths concept. One can use video, an animation, a diagram or powerpoint.
Such individualized assignments get them thinking about the bigger picture and therefore encourages creativity in maths.
We should involve your students in the lessons! In your class, get the students to do meaningful activities. Click here to know more how Maplemaths classes and how they are different.
- Role plays should be encouraged.
- Making teams for maths projects.
- Encourage their questions-Inquiry Based Learning. Get their ideas and feelings about the topic.
Using above ideas will surely make maths interesting. So, the more we use practical approach in maths, the more interest student develops in the subject. Maplemaths’ curriculum is specially designed to facilitate this form of learning. You can learn more about this at Maplemaths Experience Session.