ï»¿Techniques To Enhance Mathematical Intelligence In Children

It is common knowledge that learning mathematics can be quite challenging. Owing to their instinctive nature, primary school children face significantly greater hurdles than adults while learning a logical and quantitative subject like mathematics. Additionally, a significant number of children find mathematics dull and monotonous. Given the necessity for highly developed mathematical skills to succeed in a vast number of professions, alternative methods are required to make learning maths a truly fascinating experience.

A child below the age of seven is blessed with an innate curiosity to explore the world around it. Additionally, they have a remarkable ability to imbibe knowledge by engaging in activities that stimulate their creativity. While these qualities diminish greatly after the age of six, the propensity for play remains in children below the age of ten. Educators are trying to use these qualities in children to develop innovative methods that seek to not only boost the mathematical intelligence of primary school children but also develop a keen, life-long interest in mathematics.

A variety of methods are used in maths enrichment for primary school children . We will look at four of these methods in this article.

A Practical and Activity based approach to learning mathematics

Activities that stimulate the curiosity of children and provide an opportunity for their creativity to thrive are used in this mathematics teaching method. Children are encouraged to observe the environment and conduct mathematical experiments on natural phenomena. Instead of solving problems using a pen and paper, intelligent activities are used to find the solution to the question.

Individualised Instruction

The key principle of this educational approach is that each child has a unique set of gifts that require a variety of strategies to develop these gifts to their full potential. While each child is not instructed individually in all situations, this method allows children to learn at the pace that suits them the best.

Co-operative Learning

In complete contrast to the competitive style of teaching, this method encourages children to cooperate and help each other learn better. Students, who are strong in a certain mathematical skill, help the students, who are weak in that particular skill, improve their abilities. Owing to the positive environment created by encouraging children to co-operate, there is currently a significant level of interest among educators in the possible outcomes of this style of teaching mathematics.

The promise of enabling all children develop an exceptional mathematical intelligence is quite significant for these innovative approaches to mathematics education. A vast amount of research is being conducted into the success of these teaching methods.