Ten tips on how to fall in love with Maths (by the Maths Centre Western Cape team).
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Tip 1: Maths is Real!
Always relate Maths concepts to everyday life objects and experiences.
Tip 2: Maths is Unique!
Most learners learn through visual and tactile stimuli – Plan Maths lessons to be practical and "Hands On".
Tip 3: Learners become bored with just formulae and calculations
Let Maths be investigative problem solving using learners' own experiences.
Tip 4: Encouragement and Praise!
- Provide a positive, print rich learning environment.
- Praise learners' efforts.
- Display learners' efforts.
Tip 5: Encourage Maths Talk
Learners should be encouraged to explain and report on steps and solutions to problems.
Tip 6: Each One Teach One
- Give learners an opportunity to explain concepts and solutions to each other and to the class.
- Encourage learners' ownership of Maths lessons.
Tip 7: Play Maths games
Plan to include Maths games, number board games, card games, games with dice, guess the number games and outdoor fun activities in pairs and groups.
Tip 8: Transform your school/class
- Encourage a love for Maths.
- Paint numeracy murals and number games on walls, classrooms and playgrounds.
- Take Maths outdoors!
Tip 9: Create a greater awareness in, and love for Mathematics
Establish a Numeracy Hub: check out Eldene Primary School on shootsonline.com
Tip 10: Network with other schools/educators
- Ensure close communication and sharing of best practices.
- Ask questions.
- Encourage questions, not just answers.