PAPER PRESENTED ON THE INTERNATIONAL PARENTING SEMINAR HELD ON 12TH JUNE 2019
Behavioral management strategies in numerics -by Mrs. Soma Mishra (Indian)
Motivating children to learn Maths with interest and involvement through appreciation of it is intrinsic worth poses a challenge to practising teachers of mathematics and parents. One of the ways of solving this crucial problem is to expose children to mathematics in the environment and help them to engage themselves in manipulating ordinary objects and numbers associated with them so as to experience the mathematics inherent in such manipulations without resorting to a formal study of mathematics.
What is Maths /Numeracy?
Could a person be good at some bits of Maths and a failure at other bits?
Do the children have to fail at all/bits to be poor in Maths?
In terms of subject content, early Maths is mostly numbers. Later it becomes more varied with new topics introduced such as measure, algebra and spatial topics. Up to high school, despite the different headings, the major component remains as numbers. So,the demand of Maths can appear quite broad, and this can be very useful l,but number can be a disproportionate part of early learning experiences.
Poor number skills could be a key factor in showing poor performance in numeracy skills. This might suggest that we have to consider the match between the demands of the task and the skills of the learner.
In terms of approach, Maths can be a written subject it a mental exercise. It can be formulaic or it can be intuitive. It can be learnt and communicated in either way or combination of ways by the teachers or parents.
Maths may be concrete, but fairly quickly moves to the abstract and symbolic. It has many rules and surprising number of inconsistencies.
In terms of judgement, feedback and appraisal, Maths is quite unique as a school subject. Work is usually a blunt 'right' or 'wrong' and it has to be done quickly.
Even on this brief overview it is obvious that the demands of Maths are varied. The importance placed on speed of working could also be another key issue for learners
There are various strategies for learning and Teaching Mathematics...
Strategies For learning Numeracy skills-
5.Ask to see an example
6.Encourage them to think of a real-life situation that would involve this type of problem.
7.Provide them graph papers to solve the numeric problems and to keep the numbers in line .
8.Encourage them to memorise math facts. Use rhythm or music to help memorise Fun with Mathematics -
I call the need to convince pupils of the beauty of mathematics and not necessarily its usefulness -
I am using the number 2002 to motivate the readers by mentioning that it's a palindromic number to reveal some beautiful relationships (or quirks) of our number system..
Look at some selected product of 2002
Family Photos, fingers, objects and containers..
When they have no elder brothers or sisters, learn them to say 'I have zero elder brothers' and so on
From the photo of a family consisting of Father and mother and all their children, they should make them say that there are zero girls when all the children are boys and zero boys when all the children are girls
Place some objects in a container, Children count the objects in the container. ACT REMOVING WITHOUT REMOVING.. When the same number of objects are seen in the container, zero objects are removed. When zero objects are in the container, all the objects have been removed.
Adjusting lessons to help pupils who are having difficulties in learning Maths -
It implies an active awareness and consequent adjustment to the learning strengths and difficulties of pupils.
2.Responsive flexibility-It allows the parents /teachers to have a rapartoire of resources and strategies which responds to the individual(and often changing)needs of the pupils.
3.Developmental methods-These are the methods that address the remedial need whilst developing mathematical skills and concepts.
The application of these principles should affect all levels of work,from the construction of the syllabus and class work to the setting and marking of homework
Notes to Parents-
Tell your children not to worry about the concept too much. They do not have to understand it immediately. Tell them you both will just keep using the concept and you will keep explaining it until they do understand. It's not a race to see who can understand it first. Just assure them that understanding will come...
Behavioural management strategies in Numerics according to the host (Onwukeme Ijeoma);
Just as Montessori education encourages use of specialized learning tools in directing kids in montessori education, parents/teachers are to use items around the child to teach that child. We are treating this because parents are models. They cannot give out what they do not have. They too ought to love Mathematics and be good at it.
An incorrect response given from the parents affects the mental and emotional health of child .. Rationally the parents should have been honest and told their child that they do not know the answer and would appreciate if their child will make them understand such numeric drills ..
Questions: Can watching an educative movie time by a pregnant woman affect the iq (intelligent quotient) of the baby?
Response: Indian Mythology states that it lays a positive impact on the foetus.Even the doctor admits. Hence, they ask the mom to stay healthy and happy.
Contributions from Ifewulu Henrietta; Science Educator: Difficulty in learning/understanding Mathematics can be due to a learning disorder known as Dyscaculia.
"Dyscalculia is difficulty in learning or comprehending arithmetic, such as difficulty in understanding numbers, learning how to manipulate numbers, performing mathematical calculations and learning facts in mathematics. It is generally seen as the mathematical equivalent to dyslexia" (Wikipedia).
A child with dyscalculia may:
Have difficulty recognizing numbers
Be delayed in learning to count
Struggle to connect numerical symbols (5) with their corresponding words (five)
Have difficulty recognizing patterns and placing things in order
Lose track when counting
Need to use visual aids — like fingers — to help count
They are also likely to:
Have significant difficulty learning basic math functions like addition and subtraction, times tables and more
Be unable to grasp the concepts behind word problems and other non-numerical math calculations
Have difficulty estimating how long it will take to complete a task
Struggle with math homework assignments and tests
Have difficulty keeping at grade-level in math
Struggle to process visual-spatial ideas like graphs and charts. We can also help kids to love maths by:
Giving them specially designed teaching plans
Using math-based learning games
Making them Practice math skills a lot more often than other students
The Speaker, Soma Mishra added that, we all suffer from dyscalculia...
There are children who take much time to grasp while few grasp it in a fraction of seconds..
Our aim is to make them join the mainstream of mathematics...
let them love and play the subject , learning will happen itself
Mr Charles (Abuja) posited that: People hate Mathematics and make up these excuses for why its useless because they find it hard but it is not hard...- The K-12 maths is simple procedures that anyone can learn. It might be boring, but it's not hard.
What it does require is some minimal amount of understanding, beyond pure memorization. Unfortunately, it is one of the few subjects in a k-12 classroom where that is true. We teach our kids to just memorize and regurgitate material on tests, then forget it all. Since they can't do that with maths, the schools have responded by dumping down math. Kids still can't do it and hate it and tell themselves they do not need it.
Dr Mrs Nwachukwu CAN (Owerri) posited: I quiet agree with you, most parents do not like mathematics more especially the mothers but they do not know mathematics is a subject one can easily score 100% . Mathematics have systematics approach of solving problems, once you understand the concept and the steps involved in a particular problem , you will score 100%. Mathematicians do not mark answers only but all the steps involved. Parents encourage your children to love mathematics; we apply it practically every blessed day of our lives without knowing. Mathematics and English are the two primary subjects we apply in our everyday activities other subjects are secondary .
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