Monday, September 23, 2013

Setting the right attitude for you & your child in learning Mathematics


Ever wonder how you can teach your child Mathematics?

Before teaching your child, set the right attitude for you and your child first.

1. Being Persistence 
Mathematics is about trying and investigating to find out the answers. Just like what Stigler and Hiebert (2009) had mentioned, it is important to create challenges for children to solve as it is part of learning. Celebrate their success with them when they find the answers. Do not neglect the process which they try to find out the answers too. That is part of problem solving too!

2. Positive Attitude Before guiding your child in Mathematics, you must have positive mindset towards Mathematics. Try new ways to solve challenges. Explore with your child together the possible ways of problem solving. Build up their confidence and again, celebrate small little success with them, creating a positive mindset in them.
3. Be ready to accept changes Be brave to open up to your child if they managed to solve the problem differently. Mathematics concept can be acquired in different ways. By accepting the differences the children will learn that there is no one way method to problem solve and thus opening their mindset.
4. Be reflective Always update yourself with new knowledge by upgrading yourself. To learn more yourseDlf, Is to bring benefit to you and your child. If there are workshops, u may like to attend to upgrade or refresh your learning. Share what you have learnt with your child as we'll to empower them further.

Remember, treat every errors that your child has done as an opportunity for his learning. Give him the space and time to solve the problem. Productive struggle is essential for your child to catch the "aha" moment when he can finally find the pattern in solving the problem. Scaffold your child with concrete materials to assist him in solving problems, from simple to complex. And as mentioned above, there are no one way in solving problems. Be open and encourage your child to try multiple approaches. Finally, give your child the opportunity to talk about mathematics too. Get him to verbalise and share his findings or thoughts. It will help him in his thinking and problem solving process.

With the above, let's try it out today and see the difference it makes to you as a teacher and your child as a learner. Do drop me comments to discuss further or to share your experiences! Till then, have fun with Maths!

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