# How can you make Maths engaging?

Children will forget what they learn - unless regularly reminded

#teammagicaleducator ashleym.94

How can you make Maths engaging?

In my experience maths is a subject that people either love or hate, personally I love maths. I love manipulating numbers, finding answers and having that feeling that I ‘know’ something.
A lot of children are bored by maths, this is something that really frustrates me! Maths is a subject that can create curiosity, you just have to ask the right questions. If a teacher’s maths lessons consist solely of using a textbook and working in books it is no wonder that children are bored. If you give children a challenge, usually, they step up to the challenge and are really engaged. It doesn’t matter if the lesson goes slightly off plan because as long as children are interested they will learn. Learning in maths does not start with counting or knowing addition sums, it starts with engaging children and creating that ‘spark’.

I wasn’t really bothered whether he was right or wrong in the end, or how he had worked it out. I was more in awe of him because he came up with the question without input from an adult, he went and found the resources that he thought would help him to find an answer and then he sat at a table for more than 30 minutes concentrating in the midst of a chaotic classroom with 29 other children doing different activities and wasn’t distracted, he found the answer, realised he was wrong at the start, admitted this and congratulated the other child on being correct.

And he was proud of himself because he had ‘proven it’.

He may not have completed the planned activity, but in those 30 minutes he was learning, engaged and enjoying what he was doing, he had that ‘spark’.

Children say they are rubbish at maths. No child is rubbish at maths every single child has an ability in maths, it is just that some children do not associate what they know with maths as a school subject, but if you can get that spark, create a bit of interest and engagement children will come to realise they are not rubbish at maths, but they are children and they need to be excited about what they are learning to realise that they are good at maths.

###### 2 comments on “How can you make Maths engaging?”
1. Drazen says:

We took a different approach, we’ve stuffed basic math operators with eye-catching images as variables at Gabriel’s Seeds. In addition, we’ve used humor videos in combination with math lessons.

2. Good article. Math is a very interesting subject. But many themes are difficult and not understandable. Many teachers of mathematics do not use creative methods in teaching mathematics and most students find it very difficult to understand the meaning of written formulas. As in physics and in mathematics, it is important to explain how to apply laws and theorems in life. You can also come up with interesting methods for teaching math. Also, the teacher must believe that his children are very smart. And they are smart. Secondly, it is necessary to use the principle of child’s activity. The teacher enters the learning process minimally – he gives the task, the children decide and discuss it. The teacher only organizes their discussion. Weak pupils a teacher gives tasks easier, for strong – more difficult tasks. You can also use other interesting methods. Then for many students, a mathematics will be interesting and understandable!