MAKING STUDENTS BETTER AT MATH
RAQUEL S. GAMBOA
A lot of teachers want to do interdisciplinary projects and project-based learning, while in the subject math, it is still imperative to stand in front of the class.
But for students to solve problems on their own, we have to teach them not just the “what” but the “how.” This is particularly true to the generation today – the millennials.
What is the “what”? It is equal to content. The “how” meanwhile, means learning beyond skills and procedures and should be about how to help students think more critically about the problems in front of them.
This means that the approaches and uses of the tools students learn in math matter just as much as the topics and situations in which they apply.
Students nowadays need to have an expanded skill set, which is important in order to fortify students’ knowledge of math. This is important when learning fractions, exponents or the distributive property. Simply put, they have to learn how to approach mathematical problems.
You see, simply finding the answer is only one part of math. We should teach students how to approach a problem, and how to disagree with another’s argument carefully and factually, or how to move on to the next problem.
Let us not take things for granted and teach students how to ask better questions or picking apart word problems. This would make students better at math. — oOo—
The author is Master Teacher I at San Pedro National High School, San Simon, Pampanga