How can we help students understand and enjoy math?

Posted on September 6th, 2016 9:26pm
By: prepacadtutors

According to the most recent EQAO report, 50% of grade 6 students are not meeting the standard for math. In addition, only 13% of grade 3 students who did not meet the standard back in grade 3 manage to catch up in grade 6. That’s a serious problem. Every year, new concepts and material is introduced that builds upon students’ prior knowledge. When a concept, or idea is missed, the student gets stuck in a perpetual downfall, as the foundations are not there to build upon. So how can we help our children prepare for each grade? How can we make them understand and enjoy math?

The answer is simple. It’s a combination of rote-math for those basic addition, subtraction, division and multiplication problems mixed with discovery, real-life math. When something is abstract, it’s harder to understand. We can memorize formulas, but for how long? A formula is just numbers and letters if it doesn’t have meaning. There’s more to math than numbers. Students need that real life component in order to see the value in learning math. Both paths require practice. The only way we can get better at something is through practice.

Below are some online math resources:

www.ixl.com
www.khanacademy.com
www.webmathminute.com
www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/09/03/no-teaching-math-the-old-fashioned-way-wont-work-wells