Sunday, 7 April 2013

BLOG 5 - Maths is Fun!

It is important for children to have a firm foundation in math in order to succeed in higher-level math and science courses. Although math can sometimes be intimidating for parents, there are several ways to promote math learning in the home.In preschool, children learn basic math concepts that they will build upon for the rest of their school years. Learning centers are practical ways to help active preschoolers learn math skills in a hands-on way. 

An excellent way to create math learning centers is by using math tubs, containers that hold games or hand-on activities in a certain area. Preschool math tubs could be labeled Sort and Classify, Counting, Numeral Writing and Shapes.Math learning games can take place outside the classroom in a way that is fun and educational for elementary school students. Parents and teachers can help children be successful with basic math skills by providing real life examples of how to use basic math skills and encouraging kids to take part in hands-on math activities.
Math tricks can help cut down on your calculations of equations. You can use shortcuts or learn situational rules to make quick calculations. Math tricks can also help you stump your friends. You can make quick and accurate deductions based on simple equations

Knowing how to quickly and accurately add, subtract, multiply and divide is a skill that can prove useful on an everyday basis. But learning how to do math cannot be done immediately or within a single lesson. The ability to do math is developed over time by looking at examples of math problems and then completing your own problems, using repetition to master the skills.Math games are an exciting outlet for your children or students to learn all types of math problems, from simple subtraction to fractions. Math games not only inspire quick thinking but they also encourage a healthy competitive drive.

BLOG 4 : Assimilation and Accommodation

Jean Piaget viewed intellectual growth as a process of adaptation (adjustment) to the world. This happens through Assimilation, which is using an existing schema to deal with a new object or situation. Accommodation which happens when the existing schema (knowledge) does not work, and needs to be changed to deal with a new object or situation.
When a student is faced with new math concepts like algebra that require the student to think about hypothetical situations in order to solve the problem, the student will have to create a new scheme in order to process the algebraic problems that include variables, letter symbolism, formulas, and functions that have never been used before by the student. None of the previous math schemes that the student has developed would accommodate the new concepts that they need to learn and utilize from this point on in their educational career, and therefore the old schemes' inadequacies force the development of a brand new scheme specifically designed to handle more complicated mathematical concepts.
Piaget's theories on assimilation and accommodation are important when trying to understand how humans perceive the world. Assimilation and accommodation are both important for child development, and Piaget theorizes that they are both occurring at the same time. These theories are beneficial to teachers, students, parents, and anyone who wants to understand how humans perceive reality.