# 3 ways to shape math into a positive experience

**BY KARA NEWHOUSE**

**3 ways to shape math into a positive experience**

There is a conscious effort in math education to see math as “fun.” This is part of an effort to break the “dogmatic” approach to math, that emphasizes correct answers to problems rather than the interpretation of concepts. Part of this is a direct consequence of the continued underfunding of math instruction. As we begin to see math instruction in grades one through eight being more scientific, thus making math more relevant, and requiring less testing, we will see a shift in the way math is taught and the manner of incorporating math into everyday life.

In psychology terms, mathematics is a cognitive science, which is a branch of psychology focused on solving a cognitive problem using mathematics. It is not perfect, but since its inception, mathematics has been used to solve complex problems such as how to place information into analytical form, which can become almost non-linear, how to account for “logical errors” in data sets, how to alter the entire experience of math, and how to model mathematical processes in experiential terms. More importantly, mathematics has been used to provide many years of learning experience and personal growth. Math has been a critical piece of the educational puzzle for over 100 years, and has been a cornerstone of job prospects, education careers, and scientific endeavours.

Students are taught to understand mathematics the same way as they learn any other subject – and teaching methods are different. Rather than teaching in a linear manner, students are encouraged to challenge themselves by incorporating the “bases” of mathematics into the way they think and approach problem solving. Students are taught how to think holistically, showing they can understand and solve problems using both problems and exploration. There are many ways to incorporate mathematics into everyday life. Since we are moving to something more scientific and data driven, methods of teaching and learning will need to adapt in order to truly ensure success. In addition, the use of calculators will also be evolving as well.

1. Increase the level of flexibility and problem solving techniques used in math instruction. Realize that developing the ability to be flexible, in terms of how to best solve a problem, is an essential first step in improving math learning. Students are taught that they can have different outcomes from a problem, which opens the door to creativity and flexibility. There are many non-linear applications of mathematics and learners should develop the skills to improve their ability to think effectively and creatively. In addition, students are encouraged to problem solve using visualization or drawing techniques, in order to be able to see how to apply a mathematical concept in other areas of their lives. The use of calculators will help to make it easier for students to use basic equations and complex algorithms, while freeing students to develop the creativity needed to solve more sophisticated problems.

2. Expand the knowledge, skills, and understanding of math beyond simple functions and math problems. Math learns can come in many forms. This can be achieved through experiential learning, where students apply math to non-routine life situations and situations. Math can be applied in entrepreneurial opportunities, choosing new career fields, and even influencing their future professions. Additionally, students can also be trained in various disciplines, such as psychology, computer science, and social science. These opportunities open a whole new world of learning. Learning to use math in these disciplines will also assist students in obtaining their degrees as these are often applied directly to developing consumer products, computer services, or bringing a product to market. These opportunities help students to refine their reasoning skills and reasoning capabilities. Having different types of math education is beneficial to students, and helps to unlock their greatest potential as learners.

3. Establish mathematics as a critical component of everyday life. More and more, more students are turning to math to solve more abstract issues. This can have major implications on their current, future, and how they will view their course of study. There are three key elements to constructing a positive, scientific approach to math that will help students to become better learners and critical thinkers:

– Know your subject. If you are aware of what you are learning, this will help to increase your confidence. This would also encourage students to challenge themselves with difficult problems that might be unfamiliar to them.

– Understand how to apply mathematics in different areas of the world. Many students are averse to subject matter that can be difficult. Knowing how to apply math to different situations would open up more opportunities for students to study, do research, and eventually start their own businesses.

– Encourage critical thinking. By encouraging students to ask questions about the use of the terms being used, and to ask why they are being used, students will have a better idea of what questions need to be answered. Additionally, critical thinking will better prepare students to solve difficult math problems on tests, tests that will ultimately show