In today’s classroom, cramming a student’s head with timetables so they can regurgitate and recite answers on call is no longer a relevant vehicle for information retention.
The traditional way of teaching numeracy skills to kids includes maths work sheets, pop quizzes and memorising a list of facts and equations. These strange, seemingly disconnected, maths lessons can actually block the path to a fundamental understanding of numeracy for some students.
Although memorization plays a massive part in problem solving, it alone is not enough.
Students must be able to grasp and apply the concepts that are critical in problem solving, says Steve Demme, founder of globally renowned innovative maths learning program Maths-U-See.
“Many people confuse memorization with understanding. For example, knowing how to divide is important understanding when to divide is equally important,” Mr Demme said.
Mathematical concepts need to be explained in a connected step-by-step progressive way that ensures fundamental understanding and information retention. Students require each concept to be mastered before moving on to build the foundation line upon line, precept upon precept.
Not helping the situation is the dwindling attention span of the modern day student. This means maths needs to be taught in a way that leaps out of the text book and off the board to capture the student’s imagination.
Innovative maths products are now adapting interactive learning programs that add up different mediums of learning tools to equal products that revolutionise the way fundamental maths is delivered to students.
Steve Demme’s Math-U-See is a highly effective, award-winning program that incorporates tactile, kinaesthetic, auditory and visual learning styles through the use of colour coded math blocks, work books and a session by session DVD.
From kindergarten to university, this program offers students of all aptitudes an -opportunity to receive a step-by-step fundamental understanding of maths that applies to everyday situations.
Students rarely learn the same way or at the same pace. Math-U-See’s unique and flexible curriculum can be specifically targeted to meet each student’s individual needs. This allows students to achieve learning outcomes beyond their current level or home-schooling requirements.
This program is easily adapted to integrate into a variety of learning environments including schools, special education, exam preparation, tuition and most particularly, home schooling.
“Both of my children are visual so this program suits them both. Even I concord my arch nemesis, long division. I must say I was quite worried how I was going to help my children when I didn’t understand it myself. I watched and read the Math-U-See program and what do you know, after all these years I got it!” said Home-school mum Kerriann Fitzgerald.