Transition from Hater to Appreciation – This is how one converts math-haters to math appreciators, so tell them and then commence the fun!

Transition from Hater to Appreciation – This is how one converts math-haters to math appreciators, so tell them and then commence the fun!

Transition from Hater to Appreciation – This is how one converts math-haters to math appreciators, so tell them and then commence the fun!

THE TRANSITION from Hater to Appreciation – This is how one converts math-haters to math appreciators, so tell them and then commence the fun!

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Complaining about math is all too common. A routine for many high school students, it happens often. But not to them. To be sure, a continuing effort is required. How much can be done during one’s high school education to increase the love of math for teens, beyond the mere slog through tedious assignments?

Several things:

– It’s just a matter of expanding a young student’s education beyond the purely utilitarian. Besides theoretical concepts, this strategy raises awareness of the fundamental genius of mathematics that makes mathematics unique and not just a very useful way to get math facts across the board.

– Remind the student how special math is and that it could someday hold the key to some of his or her future dreams. Don’t worry about how yet.

– Encourage participating in math competitions, locally, regionally, and state-wide.

– Follow up one’s academics with a less rigid curriculum – one that includes activities beyond homework.

While some will say it’s too late for the high school student of 2014 – to forge a change to math, and potentially a future for him or her beyond high school. That’s not true. These are decisions he or she should tackle during high school. And after that, they can try to replicate this strategy for younger students.

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