The latest National Geographic education series on math and learning, “The Maths of Education,” explores how our children learn and the challenges they face as they grow.
The series, which premieres Sept. 12, highlights math and literacy as important, if not essential, skills for life.
The series is based on interviews with parents, teachers, students and experts in math and other science fields.
The focus is on what students learn from the time they are born, when they are first introduced to math, and how they learn math.
The stories are based on the National Geographic’s “Maths of the Future” series.
In this first installment, we talk with educators about how they think math should be taught in their schools.
In this episode, the question is, what should a preschooler learn about math?
How do teachers teach math in preschool?
The National Geographic series explores what math should look like in preschool, and what students should be learning.
For preschoolers, there are two basic approaches to learning math: group and individual learning.
Group learning, also called “group teaching,” is designed to help kids solve problems and make connections between objects and things.
Individual learning is designed for kids who have a limited ability to solve problems.
Individual learning is usually more difficult than group learning.
If you’ve ever watched a preschool show, you know how much fun it is to sit around and do nothing but play with your friends.
Teachers often use both approaches to teach math.
Group learning teaches kids how to solve the problem by doing the same task over and over.
Group teaching teaches kids the skills they need to think about and solve problems in a different way.
The goal is to help students get better at learning math.
Teaching group and personal learning is the way most parents teach their kids.
But how do we teach group learning in the classroom?
What kinds of activities do we need to have kids learn math together?
Teachers are thinking about a number of options.
Some teachers prefer to focus on group learning, while others prefer to emphasize individual learning, or to teach individually.
These are the options that we’ll discuss.
Here’s a quick guide to how to teach group and personalized learning:Teachers can use the following activities to teach groups and individual lessons:• Introduce children to the subject matter, or “what’s in it for them.”• Explain how to use the material and get the children started.• Help children solve problems with their own hands.• Explain the meaning of math, or help them understand math by drawing examples and diagrams.• Create a puzzle or solve an algebra problem.• Show how to do the basic arithmetic.• Practice math problems and solve them.• Give a talk on math.
In addition to group and group lessons, preschool teachers can use math problems to teach individual learning:• Explain math concepts and make a decision about the best way to use a number.• Ask questions or ask a question that is not about math.• Provide some math practice, whether it’s reading a list of numbers or working with a calculator.• Teach math problems using symbols and letters.• Identify the differences between math problems from different schools.• Make an answer for a math problem.
There are a few things to keep in mind about the individual learning approach.
First, teachers must be very aware of what their students are learning.
Teachers should be aware of which math problems kids are solving, and whether the math problems are math related.
Second, teachers should be careful to not push the kids too hard.
If they are trying to teach kids a problem they are already proficient in, they will likely fail.
This is especially true for math problems where kids are trying different things.
For example, in the example above, children may be trying to solve a problem about how many times a person can cross the street.
The answer is: three.
This might not seem like a big deal, but when kids are looking for ways to solve math problems, they can be very frustrated and frustrated.
Teacher-led math learning is an interesting approach to teaching math.
If your child is struggling with math problems in school, you might want to consider using group learning as well.