Jan 06, 2020
Problem-Solvers and Skill Builders for Mathematics
Sometimes the best connections to mathematics education are readily available online or are already within your reach. The Grant Wood AEA Mathematics Team has several suggestions and resources that teachers can share with parents or use in a classroom:
Early Childhood Focus: (PreK-2)
Many early math skills begin at home. Games are a great way to learn math skills. Simply by playing a board game like Candyland, young children are learning important math skills in counting and cardinality. DREME (Development and Research in Early Math Education), explains the importance and benefits of playing card games with students. The card games that are presented in this Blog: 10 Family Card Games That Support Early Math Skills include skills such as identifying which number is larger or smaller, ordering numbers between one and 10 from large to small, adding small numbers and more advanced arithmetic. Furthermore, the blog gives insight on how to decide which games are best for students. Finally, this blog has a FREE download for the card game booklet.
Elementary Focus: (K-6)
Children’s literature is a staple in the elementary classroom. And, as much as they hate to admit it, even upper elementary students like to sit back, relax and enjoy a good picture book. Using children’s literature in mathematics is a great way to discuss important math concepts in a non-threatening and fun way. Meaningful Math Moments provides a comprehensive list of children’s literature to use when teaching mathematics. There is also a link to an article, "Mathematizing A Read-Aloud," written by Alison Hintz and Antony Smith. The article provides a planning guide for reading picture books during math class. These steps include choosing the text, exploring the text and extending the text. One more link you may want to browse to incorporate children’s literature into math is The Best Children’s Books.
Middle School/High School Focus: (6-12)
For many years, math has been taught with a format that replicates the structure: I do, We do, You do. The teacher shows the students how to do a procedure, the class does a couple problems together and then the students complete a series of “naked number” math problems on their own. In his Ted Talk, "Math Class Needs a Makeover," Dan Meyer discusses 5 symptoms that you may be doing math reasoning wrong in your classroom.
1. Students lack initiative.
2. Students lack perseverance.
3. Students lack retention.
4. Students have an aversion to word problems.
5. Students are eager for formulas.
In addition, Meyer gives a few ideas to create patient problem solvers in your classroom. See the entire Ted Talk for all the information.