5 tips for innovative math instruction

By February 16, 2016 Education

Girl-at-schoolFor any Innovative educators math doesn’t have to be boring or abstract. There are several innovative ideas for spicing up your math class.

1.Kids teach kids with mathcasting.

“Teach what your learn”! Kids are share and teach what they lear to other kids.It’s a good way to engage and involving kids who are psyched about math because they get to teach other kids how to get smarter.In another way mathcasting is help to build a culture where students teach each other.

2.Model thinking,not solutions and answers

Rather than telling your students how to solve a problem, consider “thinking aloud”. Model exactly what you thinking including confusion, emotions, skills, strategies and more.This method let your students know how mathematicians think. One piece of research that is helpful to know is that mathematicians spend a long time thinking about how to set up a problem, a little bit of time doing the problem, and a long time “looking back” by asking the question, “Does this make sense?” Model that for your students, by putting a complex problem on the board and spending time not just jumping into a solution, but talking about what strategies you might use to solve the problem.

3.Provide feedback relevant to the task,non-comparative

When you’re teaching, provide consistent and immediate feedback for learning.Be aware that you are stepping out of the role of improving your student learning.For example,giving only grades to your students does not give any informations on how they can improve if they are going to be  re-test in the future.

4.Game-based learning site

The fun to play games are designed to make math challenging, yet playable in a gaming context. The games allow skids to grasp and practice sophisticated math concepts in an entertaining way.

5.Use story to teach maths

It’s a great guide for teachers to start incorporating story as a supplement to their curriculum. Write a story, a real story with characters and plot, and add the math problem set. Write about wizards that need to use angles for their sorcery or spice trading ships on the deep seas. Story engages the creative part of the brain and helps build a more meaningful relationship to what is being taught.

If you’re a student or have a child, share this post with your math teacher.

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