Make math the favorite subject in school!
Why is math one of the most unliked and even feared school subject among teenagers?
Today, students hold the impression that math facts are the essence of mathematics. Many think the essence of math is to get the correct answers, and fast. This has given birth to the idea a fast recall of math facts means to be strong math!
When being tested, they become stressed, causing them to not use their full capacity of think. Lacking flexible thinking, they get stuck, stop and underachieve. When students stress, their working memory is blocked and cannot access the math facts they know.
Teens are feeling a disconnection between math and the real world. Classrooms are focused on mastering calculation skills and raw memorization of math facts. The sad truth is, often learning is happening by chance.
These are some of the reasons that are demotivating students in Math education.
Let’s wake up students interest and love for Math
As fellow educators we know first hand our mandate is to give students the tools to succeed, in math and in life. We have invested countless hours new knowledge and research about learning, it is time to apply this knowledge into your schools.
From a teacher centered method of instruction we broaden the scope by changing to a student-centered way of learning. We have built a balance between various teaching and learning methods, and bring the real world to the classroom. Students are given endless possibilities to work with rich mathematical problems in a safe, modern and supportive learning environment.
Math can give students an experience, which strengthens their confidence to tackle problems and develop their own critical thinking. Working together they can talk, test and interpret solutions.
We can give them a learning environment while they working on a problems they enjoy.
Who benefits most from Paths to Math?
The biggest benefactors are the students. Paths to Math, has been developed to be student friendly in the way topics are presented and executed. Our philosophy is that if students are provided with good materials and have a positive learning experience they will learn mathematics, and even greater, they will love it.
Math doesn’t have to be an isolated subject; it can span the gap between different school subjects.
What makes Paths to Math unique to any of the others curriculum currently out in the academic marketplace?
There is plenty of e-learning material created for mathematics. However, electronic material is often very fragmented and/or fails to fulfill official learning plans as whole. Paths to Math, takes advantage of the latest innovative e-learning tools, while meeting all the requirements of the Core Curriculum Standards.
Paths to Math is a collection of resources all in one place: etextbook, answers, interactive tasks, games, videos for students and teachers, internet addresses for doing further research, connection to the common core standards, teacher tips and a place for the teacher to make notes, self-evaluation forms and many other tools.
The material is strongly themed, linking it naturally to other topics such as geography, nutrition, weather, sport, environment and awareness. Furthermore, theming supports students in finding and processing information in a new way.
Paths to Math, enables students to personalize their learning experience.
Paths to Math, has strong roots in the Finnish way of teaching mathematics. Finland has long been one of the leading countries in k-12 mathematic skills, based on the PISA study (Programme for International Study Assessment).
How have you reached out to the academic community about your new learning program, and what has been their reaction so far?
We have received several statements from the academic community, experienced teachers. The feedback has been very positive. Paths to Math, has been viewed, as the tool that meets the ever increasing demands of the future.