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.