9 Essential Rules for Math Meditation
Just like acting or sports, playing with numbers can positively impact your emotional well-being and your ability to care about others. And it can also help make you a better teacher. These nine essential rules of math meditation can help you reach your goals and help you become a better educator, too.
1. Make time for math.
According to a study by the University of Bristol’s School of Education, “The time that young children spend playing with numbers during the first two years of life is a very important predictor of their mathematics ability, likelihood of having a good sense of maths and the success of their ability to work with maths, whether studying at school or in an engineering or computing job.” Before you know it, you’ll have a happier, more organized family, cleaner house and smarter children, too.
2. Play with your math.
Creating basic connections between numbers starts in the palm of your hand. All it takes is a few simple questions to see that math connects. For example, there are 13 holes in a row, so the beginning row is the 13th hole. Then the second row is the 13th hole, and so on. Playing with numbers can increase your awareness of what you’re learning about mathematical order, which in turn enhances your ability to connect numbers so they make sense in the context of your life.
3. Let go of worries.
While caring for your student, don’t let your fear of math overwhelm you. Additionally, engage in math skills like counting, forming spaces between numbers, group-oriented computation and follow-up questions to show your student the patterns and patterns of numbers. This will help you build a stronger bond with your student and make math feel like a much more natural part of their lives than it might otherwise.
4. Teach by example.
Rather than teaching with empty sentences that urge students to carry out challenging tasks, demonstrate to your student what you want them to learn and what you’re trying to get from their work. This way, they will learn from your example more than you did from a book. Moreover, by showing you can execute math tasks well, you’ll show your student it’s not a problem for them to follow your instructions.
5. Use concrete activities to reach students in real life.
The first step in a skill, whether it’s writing or playing the violin, is for students to know that you can play that instrument or write that letter. For many of us, if we’re taught to use our hands or use our minds, we feel more comfortable about being able to succeed. Play with numbers by connecting numbers in a more concrete way and by making it clear to students that they can make sense of numbers in their day-to-day life.
6. Play with numbers to learn logic.
As in any other subject, kids who are playing with numbers learn about logic and problems by making connections among the different components of numbers. Consequently, they’re better at thinking about logical numbers and explaining basic reasoning principles. By translating logical reasoning principles into number concepts and practices, mathematicians can improve their ability to master skills such as probabilistic reasoning and integrated reasoning.
7. Explore visual connections.
Math can also help you understand how students learn through pictures and stories. Take for example how most scientists look for patterns in pictures, they perceive patterns through pictures because they are based on a process that involves language and context. Make connections between numbers and shapes when illustrating concepts such as time.
8. Invest time in designing challenging activities.
Developing strong relationships with children, whether through reading, music or playing physical activity, all build a sense of security and provides a positive environment for children to learn. When children are challenged by learning a lesson through a creative and engaging activity, they are inspired to think, speak, answer questions and share ideas in ways they might not otherwise.
9. Let go of all thoughts about numbers.
Regardless of whether the only math you know is simple shapes and numbers, a little thought and effort goes a long way toward understanding math concepts. Finally, if you know that your adult children and grandchildren like to solve problems that use numbers and mathematics, can you ask them to help you design an activity that will reinforce your own math skills? Doing so will help you to pass on math skills to your children while you continue to enjoy living life.
Article originally published on www.ForRichesAndFools.com. Reprinted with permission.