Videos | Innovative Practices for Teaching Math
For a long time, Math has been perceived as a “monster”, by students and some adults too. And they hold this perception because either they never understood the way concepts were taught or they never understood how mathematical concepts were relevant to life, and therefore didn’t bother to learn them. In both cases, the teaching system is at fault. Because, traditional systems focused on teaching formulas, equations and put emphasis on doing quick calculations; they ignored building relevance, promoting interaction and engaging students in activities related to Math.
In their Position Paper on Teaching Mathematics, the National Focus Group states the following:
In our vision, school mathematics takes place in a situation where:
- Children learn to enjoy mathematics
- Children learn important mathematics
- Mathematics is a part of children’s life experience which they talk about
- Children pose and solve meaningful problems
- Children use abstractions to perceive relationships and structure
- Children understand the basic structure of mathematics and
- Teachers expect to engage every child in class.
It’s time to change the way Math is being taught, don’t you think?
In this article we bring to you some hand-picked video resources that demonstrate how educators around the world are using innovative practices to teach math to children.
In the first video, Amy Lin explains how math is not just about right and wrong answers, and shares simple strategies that teachers can use to teach math in class.
Video: TEDx – Thinking Math-ishly
In the following two-part video, Dan Meyer, explains how converting word problems into simple conversations, can make a big difference in the way students see and approach math.
Video: TEDx – Math Class Needs a Makeover – Part 1
Video: TEDx – Math Class Needs a Makeover – Part 2
In this video, by the Teaching Channel, Tiffani Poirier, a grade 4 teacher uses a game to reinforce the concept of decimal.
Video: Games for Decimals
In this video, by the Teaching Channel, two eight-grade math teachers Marlo Warburton & Juliana Jones, talk about how they use similar teaching strategies to teach math in different classes.