5 tips for innovative math instruction

By February 16, 2016 Education
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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 you learn”! Kids should share and teach what they learn 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  helps to build a culture where students teach each other.

2.Think about model, not solutions and answers

Rather than telling your students how to solve a problem, consider “thinking aloud“. Model exactly what you are thinking including confusion, emotions, skills, strategies and more. Even Parents should notice their kids progress with time, which is called mindful parenting. This helps your students to think 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 on it rather than 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 to improve your student’s learning. For example, giving only grades to your students does not give any information on how they can improve, if they have to give re-test in the future, you should explain things in detail to the kid.

4.Game-based learning site

The kids learning games are designed to make math challenging, yet playable in a gaming context. The games allow kids to grasp and practice Math, English and Coding concepts in an entertaining way.

5.Use story to teach math

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 in building a more meaningful relationship to what is being taught, also, it increases the logical thinking skills of the kids.

If you’re a student,  share this post with your math teacher and if you are a parent, share this post with your kid’s math teacher. Parents should also read: https://skidos.com/blog/mindful-parenting

 

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