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10 Ways Math Makes Kids Lives Better

by Desmond Upton (2022-08-23)

Take Ron Berger's middle-school math project to study levels radon in their own homes. Studying radon is boring. But Berger's class project has got to be one of the most compelling projects in math class history. What if his students discovered dangerous levels of radon in the homes of one geographic area and published the results as they had intended? What would happen to real estate values in that area? What he found is that students were highly engaged in mapping, taking averages, looking at standard deviations- students that heretofore didn't care one bit about radon or the other concepts.

The internet is fully loaded with tools you can use to make sound math revision. Some will even be in the form of new techniques like maybe having the math incorporated into an exciting game. With new technology comes new methods of doing things and this can be put into math revision too. What method you will choose will all be up to your individuality.

4th tip: Use math in real life situations. Take the facts that your child is learning and bring it into situations that your child is in every day. When cutting a pizza talk about the fractions you are making. If they are making a purchase show them how to figure tax into the price. How many cookies will they need for each of their friends to have two? These can be ways to use math in their every day lives.

The Math concept of Addition is also easier to understand by using 10's and 1's. For example, if you ask your child to add 22 and 34 using the 10's and 1's papers, it becomes clear that the answer is five 10's and six 1's giving the answer 56.

Math is essential in personal finance issues and budgeting. In your personal life, you may use math to plan how budget your money. On the job you may need to plan how your company will spend money. Learn math and grow rich.

Play this game often and your child will become more flexible and logical in his or her thinking. He or she will automatically look for different ways to solve a difficult problem.

Get emotionally involved. A chess player gets enthusiastic when he is learning to win. There is in all persons and every age the desire and the need to feel value, to be confident that there is something you are good at. Playing chess can bring the positive and unfortunately the negative aspect of this concept. Make sure you have the positive emotion, the thrill of learning and competing also, without allowing yourself to dwell on a poor result of any game. Chess problems should encourage a chess player to use his developing math skills to work more effectively. Keep on focusing on developing your chess strategy through good math concepts, through truth and fact. You will always know you did a good job.

If you do it right, your child will come to love math and will hunger for more math questions. As she gets better and better, you will soon find that she has finished one grade level and will be ready to move on to the next. Go ahead and promote her to the next grade level. Don't be surprised if in a year's time she has completed a few grades and is even ahead of her peers!

Years ago, a colleague I was working with said, "Maybe class can be fun, but I can't make class compelling. I have to teach math!" It's an assumption worth exploring.

Students of teachers that do take this kind of time have better outcomes on state tests than students of teachers who only stick to the text. Almost any social studies context provides a backdrop for learning that adds depth.