Three Ways a Teacher Can Help Students Understand Math

The ultimate goal of math teachers’ instructions is students to understand the materials presented, apply the skills, and recall the concepts in the future. It is important for math teachers to focus on making sure their learners understand the materials and not just remember formulas and procedures. Here are four ways a teacher can help students understand math.The ultimate goal of math teachers’ instructions is students to understand the materials presented, apply the skills, and recall the concepts in the future. It is important for math teachers to focus on making sure their learners understand the materials and not just remember formulas and procedures. Here are four ways a teacher can help students understand math.Have an effective class opener It is imperative for teachers to spend at least five minutes of the class period to set the tone for entire lesson. Within the first few minutes teachers should share the agenda for the lesson so that students can know the expectations for what will occur. Next, teachers should post and articulate essential question or learning objective to the class so that learners know the purpose and can self-assess whether the purpose has been met for them at the end of the lesson.Introduce topics using many representations.Students better understand the concept being presented if many types of representations are presented to them. Representations could include using showing a picture, using manipulatives, offering a symbolic representation, or drawing out the problem. For instance, when you present liner relations with one unknown, you can illustrate to learners the same problem on a number line, as an equation, with pictures, and in words.Show the application.It is important to demonstrate to students how every concept is applied to the real world. This helps improve the understanding of the students. Teachers should take a few minutes out of each lesson to show their students how and where the math can be used in life outside of the classroom.Referenceshttps://www.edutopia.org/blog/ways-help-students-understand-math-matthew-beyranevandhttps://education.cu-portland.edu/blog/classroom-resources/make-better-math-student/

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