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Ways to Cope Up with Math Fear

By Pooja Sharma Subscribe to RSS | January 24th 2012 | Views:

Math fear has been there in kids for ages. Due to which many students struggle in performing well in this subject. Teachers can play a major role in helping students to get rid of this fear. They can help students to break-down difficult concepts and project math as interesting and exciting topic for kids.

There are plenty of creative ways for converting math to a fun learning subject. Humor while teaching also plays an important role; it serves as good mnemonic that leads to retention of material. Therefore, a teacher must be aware of repertoire of techniques while coaching students.

Math fear can be tackled by teacher with the help of practical strategies such as…

Clearing Concepts In Math Using Fun Games

Kids do love learning but when it comes along with fun, it becomes more interesting. Teachers should encourage students to use math while playing. Choosing games and activities that target on a very specific math skill really helps. Some of the recommended math games are – Sudoku, Flash card multiplication game, Math drill game etc. Dice and playing cards are great tools for teaching addition, greater than/less than, multiplication, number sense, place value etc to students. Just playing games isn't the solution; games must be followed by explanations of the underlying ideas, connections and patterns.

Teach By Real Life Examples

A teacher must use lots of real life examples to teach. Kids are unable to connect with math as they don’t understand how it helps them in real life. A method of inducting math in life could be by telling them to use math while shopping or playing. For example, kids can bring decimal and percentage lessons in use while shopping. Small children can be taught by using instances of things that fascinate them. For example, simple addition and subtraction can be taught by a teacher by posing sample problem like this – “There were six cupcakes, three large and three small. One pair was iced in chocolate and decorated in sprinkles. Another pair had sprinkles but was iced in vanilla. The third pair had vanilla icing only. Out of these, Amy ate a pair iced in chocolate. Now, how many left?” It will not only be catchy for them but also will make them learn.

Mathematics and Its Practical Application

Some students are able to grasp mathematical concepts just by using textbooks and sample problems, whereas other students might need more than that. Teachers must choose activities and learning strategies that not only make sense to the children but also aim at simplifying difficulties. Active engagement strategies in mathematics can be used for motivating struggling learners and to challenge advanced learners.

Using these strategies teachers will discover ways how math could be made fun and easy for students and how they can easily master them.

Pooja Sharma - About Author:
The Knowledge Tree Academy conducts Courses for those who are looking for jobs in education or teaching jobs. Its various courses include secondary school teaching, primary teacher training course, IT teacher training course, school management course and business management course.

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