Understanding Math!

May 12, 2018

According to Michael Shaughnessy, Ph.D., President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the practice of mathematics can be “almost like learning to play the piano—even doing a little bit each day can help.” He also provides a warning that rote memorization of facts does not envelope the true essence of mathematics and that activities that focus on reasoning open students minds to a deeper level of understanding. Along with the study of formulas and algorithms, we seize opportunities to provide experiences with mathematical reasoning in 6th grade math. Problem solving tasks involving logic and puzzles or mathematical riddles provide experiences in communicating mathematical ideas, cooperation and perseverance. At home, a deeper level of understanding in mathematics can take place by including learners in day-to-day use of mathematics...doubling a recipe, calculating the cost of fuel or mileage, using measurement tools to determine length or weight. We all use mathematics every day and sharing these moments will increase student understanding of math!