The math subject is the least favorite subject among all other subjects especially with kids. The numbers don’t seem to get along well with them. However, this is not the reason to give up on Math. Instead, it should be a motivation to continue on researching about the effective strategies to teach the subject.
Actually, Math experts until now are continuously doing their research to find the best method to teach the subject to the kids. Many strategies have already been introduced such as these strategies below that have proven its efficiency many times.
1. Direct Instruction. This kind of strategy involves using clear and direct language in teaching the subject. In this setup, the teacher should lead in the completion of sample problems and point out the difficult aspects of the said problem. He should then let the student solve the problem with his supervision. Should there be any questions, the teacher should be able to clarify this with the student. Then, the students should work on another problem without the help of the teacher. The teacher then, assesses the student’s performance through this independent assignment.
2. Peer tutoring. This kind of strategy involves two students with the same or different capability who from time to time switches roles in teaching each other. While the other student acts as a tutor, the other one acts as a student. To make this strategy effective, there should be frequent and honest feedback between the two students. Positive reinforcements should also be used to encourage each other. Also, this can be more effective if the lessons are given in a form of a game. Throughout the session, the teacher should monitor and give feedback to the students.
3. Cooperative learning. This kind of strategy involves a small group of students with different abilities to work together for everyone to learn. Of the three strategies, this method has gained more favorable results according to research. The setup of a heterogeneous group to learn enables each member of the group to maximize their learning. The teacher in this strategy provides the group with problems for the students to practice on. The students should discuss and solve the problem as a group. Through this strategy, not only will they develop their understanding and analytical skills, they will also develop their social skills through constant interaction with other kids.
Just a reminder for teachers, before implementing the best strategy to teach math they should create a learning environment where the students feel motivated to learn and comfortable in their learning setup.