Finding alternatives to rote memorization can help kids with a variety of cognitive styles learn math more deeply. Adding in elements of science, technology, engineering and art to create a STEAM curriculum encouraging kids to think about the big picture can help impart invaluable practical problem-solving skills and teach kids to actually use what they’re learning in real life. Consider having kids create and maintain a math journal for story problems and to track their own progress. Use neuroscience and other teaching techniques to instill a growth mindset in students. These kinds of approaches can help kids to really understand mathematical principles and how to use them.
- Initiate activities that combine student interest with their math content standards. One example is figuring out how to design a new playground.
- Help your students see the big picture in math. Explain to them why they are doing something and how it could be relevant in the real world.
- Help your students by making them create a math journal which they will use in solving math problems and record daily math activities.
“Jo Boaler, professor of mathematics education at Stanford Graduate School of Education, says in Stanford News, “All children are different in their mathematical thinking, strengths, and interests”
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