It is different than other subjects. It builds on what students learned last year. Higher the level, bigger the expectations that students remember previous levels.
‘Math makes sense of the world. Math is the vocabulary of your own intuition. We need more patient problem solvers!’ Dan Myer
‘The pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas’ Albert Einstein
Math is teaching logical thinking with the help of few formulas. It is not just about memorizing formulas. Math can be a play and can also be hard work. The mixture of two makes it perfect. Math reasoning requires time to be grasped and understood. Once understood, it needs to be applied over time, so that the student will be able to later recall it and use it as a tool when problem solving.
Everyone learns math by doing math. Technique to do it BETTER or EASIER is developed through interaction with the student. Prerequisite knowledge and the work habits of the exact student are setting the path. School curriculum and dynamics in the class are setting the rhythm.
The first axiom of neuroscience is ‘use it or lose it’. The brain rises to the challenges that are set before it. Always! However if the brain is not presented with challenges, it does not have an opportunity to rise to.
This is what is happening today in schools. Students are not ‘using it’, so they are ‘losing it’: no math homework today; handing calculators to students who have just learned numbers and multiplication tables; not focusing on proper math syntax; being placed into the next level of math when they fail the previous one; accepting the student into academic level while knowing that that particular student will HAVE TO switch levels 5-6 weeks into the semester; … to name just few.
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