Lots of children dislike math and many more adults stopped taking mathematics as soon as they are able, even when they were successful in their classes. At the same time, mathematical thinking is a crucial part of many of the most exciting and growing careers in science, technology, engineering and math, not to mention important for a general understanding of the mathematical world around us.
Widespread, prevalent among women and hugely damaging, math anxiety is prompted in the early years when timed tests are given in classrooms and it snowballs from there. Psychologists’ recommendations — including counseling and words to repeat before a test — severely miss the mark.
The only way to turn our nation around is to change the way we teach and view math. The problems that we have now is : math is often taught as a performance subject. Ask your children what their role is in math class, and they are very likely to say it is to get questions correct. Math is about tests, grades, homework and competitions.
So, what can educators do to shift this dynamic?
Rather than focusing on the algorithms and procedures that make mathematics feel like a lock-step process — with one right way of solving problems — teachers should embrace the visual aspects of math. Teachers should ask students to grapple with open-ended problems, to share ideas and to see math as a creative endeavour.
When students are in a math environment that doesn’t focus on performance, speed, procedures, and right and wrong answers they thrive. They even begin to change their perceptions of whether they can or can’t do math.
What we are doing at Eckovation?
Learning from one another is what people have always done throughout human history, so ‘social learning and collaborative learning’ as a learning method is likely to be the oldest one in existence. Even if our approach to training and learning has evolved over time, we still inevitably learn from those we collaborate with. We have created a social and collaborative learning platform where your child can learn while interacting with educator and peers.
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