How To Build An Empowering Math Environment
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Every child has difficulty with math at some time in their life and finds them asking you, 'Help me with math.”
Having a solid math foundation begins early and starts by building an empowering math environment.
Since math plays such an important role in our daily life, we need to pay more attention to encouraging
students.
Empowering a student has a lot to do with the environment they study in, as well as the environment they are
taught in. Many teachers are finding that students are spending too much time worrying about whether their
answers are right or wrong.
This causes them to waste time checking over their work and then rechecking that work. This time is uselessly
spent and only by providing an empowering math environment early in life can a student have confidence in their
math skills.
Of course it is important to promote checking their work, teachers and parents have to spend more time
equipping the environment with the tools they need to give them the confidence to achieve excellent math
skills. This can be done by following a few easy steps.
Make the student a specific place to study. This study place has to be quiet and have no distractions. This
helps the student concentrate on the math problems they are working on.
Next, make sure that study place has all the tools they need to achieve good math skills. Pen, paper,
calculator, computer and math texts, as well as math problem solving manuals.
Always be there to help answer any questions for them and make sure you check their work before when your
student finishes. You do not want to do the work for them, but you do want to ensure they know how to follow
the equations or formulas required to do the problem. This will help build their confidence in their own math
abilities.
Giving positive feedback is an important tool to empower a students math skills. This does not mean you cannot
correct them, but correct them in a positive way. You can be positive and still corrective. Do not discourage
their confidence.
Finally, no one has every answer to how to build an empowering math environment, but HelpMeWithMath.com has a
variety of articles and tools you can use to help when you may have a question.
There will come a time when you need help promoting math to your children or students. With our everchanging
technology and increase in better teaching techniques, every parent and teacher will need help when it comes
time to staying abreast with everything.
You do not want your child to ask, “Help me with math,” and you not know what to do next.
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