Monday, October 1, 2012

Fifth Grade Math

Math... ahh... it elicits either very positive expressions or very negative expressions. Either way - many people view this subject as the curse of all education. Yet, I love it! It is definitely one of my very favorite subjects.

Math is an essential core subject, and it is integral to all other parts of education. Mathematics enables students to develop abstract concepts, logic, and critical thinking skills. Mathematics gives students the ability to use logic to reason through complex situations and problems.

Yet, with all of this we can't get around the fact that many people still really hate math. Whenever, I teach math I never present it in a difficult light. I always try to find the easiest way to go about teaching the concepts, by using math games for example, and I always try to put it into their language. In fact, the best way to get their interest and keep it positive is to present math problems as a puzzle! If they look at it in that light - it is no longer negative but positive and fun!

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