Teachers are trusted to look after children and teach them the information necessary to be able to excel in the real world. But, sometimes teaching children can be a bit difficult, without adequate resources. Every child hates a specific subject, be it English, Art, or Science, but Mathematics still takes the top position, for the most hated subject. The main reason for why children dislike Math is because it involves a lot of reasoning, which they are unable to process. When it comes to Math, the answer is always correct or incorrect, there is no other solution to a problem. Mixing up classes with interesting situations, will help students not only understand the relevance of the subject but also enjoy it.
Using an Online Learning Site
A popular site among teachers is the website, IXL.com. The website helps students practice mathematics. The aim of the website is to provide students with a wide-array of topics with unlimited questions. The good thing about a website such as IXL, is that it is engaging. It provides the learner with interactive activities and visual representations. The website aims to only provide practice and does not teach children how to solve the problems or how it is done.
PUMAS – Practical Users of Math and science, is a website that is developed by NASA. The website provides students with real-world examples and where math is used in everyday life. It includes the topics such as math magic problems, money maths, probability and traffic signals, etc. PUMAS is a tool that is majorly used in engaging students into older and newer concepts of maths, by presenting it in an interactive way. Not only can the website be extremely engaging and help keep students interested in the classroom, it can also be used at home.
In today’s world, technology is everything. Using technology through websites or maths apps, you can keep the student’s interest and help them learn at the same time. The Mystery Math Museum is a maths app, which is mainly targeted towards children, between the age of 6-12 years. The main mission of the app is to make the student solve math problems while trying to rescue a dragonfly. As they progress in the game, they unlock different rooms and passageways while they earn portraits to store in their gallery. This engaging maths app not only challenges but engages student.
Although maths may be a serious subject and needs a lot of focus and concentration, games help in retention. Playing games that utilise mathematical sums and questions help keep the students’ interest for longer. A popular game for math learning is ‘buzz’. Buzz is suitable for primary school students as they cover the basics of multiplication and counting numbers. To play buzz, every student should count from one, out-loud. when a child gets to seven or a multiple of seven, they must replace the number by saying ‘buzz’. If a student stumbles, says the wrong word or misses one, you must begin all over again. To increase the difficulty, simply use another number that you want to teach the multiples of. The game is otherwise called as ‘7-Up’.