Math Tips

Written by a teacher, this article has some great tips for teaching math.

Teaching Secrets: Making Math Meaningful for All

Published: August 18, 2010

By Cossondra George

While it is considered unacceptable for the average person to lack basic reading and writing skills, people often brag about their inability to “do math.” It is almost a badge of honor to be numerically challenged.

As classroom teachers, we must overcome this attitudinal acceptance of not being successful at math before we can create numerically literate students. We must learn to teach in ways that make mathematics accessible to every child and build our students’ confidence in their capacity to master the knowledge and skills associated with our important—and intriguing!—content area.

Here is a quick list of her ideas:

  1. Purchase a set of student whiteboards for your class. (Thanks for getting us a class set, Steve!)
  2. Create real-life examples of concepts you are learning.
  3. Use small groups and presentations where students teach each other as well as the entire class.
  4. Teach the power of “Is your answer logical?” (essential in math)
  5. Integrate technology to capture student interest. (check out her links)
  6. Encourage, require, demand re-do’s. (this, along with number 2 and 3 should be done in all areas).

You can read the full article by clicking here.

Can you find the math in this 2nd grade activity?

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