“Math”, what is your first thought on the word? Interesting or scary? It is sad to find that many people scare away at the utter mention of the word. But believe it or not, Math is as easy as 1-2-3. It is just that we have to understand that every problem (Math) in this world is a culmination of pluses, minuses, divisions, and multiplication. There is no other way in this world to make or break an equation. So, if you have got your basics right you can be great at solving equations, no matter what the problem is. If you are a teacher of Math you need to awaken that inner enthusiasm among your students so that they get this thing clear in their mind. Gradually they will start saying “Let’s practice math facts!”
There are certain fun ideas to make Math an all-time favorite in the classroom. Teaching them those simple yet engaging tricks will elevate the spirit of love and appreciation for Math. This will also be the beginning of a bright and successful future for them.
If you want to know what these fun tricks are like, keep reading this article. Here we have enlisted three fun ways to improve learning basic math. Without wasting any more time, let’s get started.
1. Treat it like a game
Don’t play the strict teacher. Students may have several queries but fail to ask their questions when they are afraid of the teacher. Their queries remain unsolved as a matter of fact leading them to perform poorly in class. One way to remove the fear in them is getting a bit friendly with them. Be the teacher whom they can always feel free to ask their questions.
Now teach Math in a rather playful manner. Like, suppose you can teach them to add, subtract and multiply by making the students stand in separate rows. Accordingly, tell them to form a line by adding or subtracting from the main line. Interactive methods like this where students can take part and experience what goes on practically will never go out of their mind.
Dice is another way to teach Math. It can be used in different ways to teach Math problems. Let the dice roll when they are practicing Math. The students can create their own Math problems by letting the dice roll. Using it they can form multiplication, fraction problems. This can be a funny way to put up a home assignment, where students will roll the dice and note the numbers in the class and solve them when they are home.
You may also tell them to solve simple puzzles to get the tricks. Sudoku puzzles are the most popular ones that can attract their interest in Math. Newspapers can be a regular source of Sudoku. Tell them to opt for children’s newspapers to strengthen their skills with simple Sudoku puzzles at the beginning. Later they can move on to complex ones. Moreover, regular solving of these puzzles will make their brains active. They will become stronger and sharper and more intelligent than others.
2. Take the help of screens
Kids now are more screen friendly than we had been in our childhood days. The availability of Smartphone, tablets have increased their use among them. Witnessing their interest in screens there are a ton of apps and games designed by different organizations that can help them to learn math concepts. Games like Mathville, Aplus Math, Math Playground, Prodigy are quite popular names that help students learn math tricks or tricky Math. Make use of their extra time to explore the world of Math games and apps online.
The bonus or the rewards they receive on completion of each level will keep the fire burning in them. They will consequently be lured to gain more points. Encourage them to challenge each other online and beat them in the Math war. You may appreciate them with small gifts when they win. Do not forget to appreciate the efforts of the opposite person in the challenge. Appreciating even small efforts can make a difference and excite them to take up newer challenges.
3. Narrate them the relevance
Kids easily get demotivated when they cannot find a purpose of their learning. Show them the relevance of Math in the practical field. Take them to labs, kitchens and small trips (say a nearby shop or a bus trip to the next stop) where they can understand metric measurements, calculations based on time, temperature and money. Let the smaller ones to sort coins and older ones to calculate the grocery bills while they go shopping.
Reveal to them the career opportunities they would get learning Math. Every field emphasizes the need to learn at least basic Math. Teachers can illustrate how calculus is important for veterinarians on a daily basis. Even students who claim to have their core interest in English needs to understand that even journalists emphasize learning basic math and mostly have a strong background in the same to be in the field. Showing students how the subject is important in their desired field would help them take on the subject seriously.
Create a math concentration game. To do so you can use cards where different types of math problems would be written or printed. Another type of cards should be there where they would get the answers. Students would have to choose a card and solve the problem. They will then have to find the card where the answer is written. When they answer or find the card correctly they can move onto another. You can stereotype the cards with different colors so that distinguishing question and answer cards become easy.
Teachers who make use of the above tips will surely find an improvement in their students. Making Math a game will arouse their interest and let them learn more than they would have done practically. They would also feel more enthusiastic and would enjoy learning newer topics. They would also want to bring on Math problems to solve in the class.