Math and enjoyment don't go together for a lot of students. Most students in Canada would be thinking the opposite when they hear the word and especially when there trying to learn. As a math teacher or tutor, it’s your job to educate your students on math, but this is easier said than done. With most students having a disinterest in math there going to have a hard time learning. They won't be paying attention and they’ll give up when it comes to solving problems, so as a teacher or tutor what do you do?
There have been multiple studies focused on enjoyment and learning. The more you enjoy learning something the better you’ll be at understanding it. On the other hand, if you don't enjoy a subject you won’t want to learn. What does this mean for teachers and tutors? It means you should try to make your math class fun or at the very least more enjoyable. You’ll students will thank you for it.
Why Should You Change Your Lesson Plan?
Changing your lesson plan can cause anxiety and nerves. It takes time to put a good lesson plan together, but changing it up can make all the difference. At the end of the day, you want your students to understand math. By making your lesson more fun you and your students are going to have a better time. Teaching in front of a class or even with one student it's awful to see them look bored or not pay attention to you and as a student, they're sitting there waiting for the class to be over. Both these situations aren’t good for anybody.
Having your lesson more fun you’ll see an increase in student involvement, increase grades and increased interests. Your students will appreciate your lessons and will start to enjoy math. Sticking with the same teaching methods isn’t always the best approach. It’s important to be open to new teaching ideas and see what ones work for you, especially if they can improve students' understanding.
Ways to Make Math Fun
A point to keep in mind is you don't have to change your whole lesson plan, even adding a few new ways to have a more enjoyable class can still offer the student benefits. We’re not asking you to change all your teaching methods. The idea of making your math class fun is to give students the chance to enjoy their class more. They’ll be able to learn better and enjoy going to math class. You just have to incorporate a few things each week to cause the engagement.
Here are some ways to make math fun.
Real-World Examples - Talking about unrelated math problems students can have a hard time connecting with the problem. By relying on the problems in the real world they’ll better understand the importance of knowing how to solve the problem. Real-world examples can help bring enjoyment, especially if the example relates to their lives and not just anything.
Different Options - Giving students options about their lesson can improve interest and enjoyment. Students will feel like their contributions to their learning. You can have 2-3 lesson plans ready to go for the day and have students vote on the best method. You could have different topics for the day or different methods of teaching that day.
Visual Implementation - Using visuals can be a great way to enjoy math. Math is often seen as numbers, but by using visuals to solve problems students can use their creativity. They can think critically about how to show the math problems. Using visuals is a great and easy way to incorporate having more fun in math class.
Math Games - Math games are perfect for those teaching lower levels of math. It can be hard to incorporate math games into a higher level of learning. You could do a math scavenger hunt with math problems that lead to clues, or math bingo. There are lots of different math games out there that students can benefit from.
Ask Around - Although this isn't a direct way, it's still a viable option for getting more ideas for a more enjoyable math class. You can talk with other teachers or tutors and find out what methods they are using. You can also find out what has worked for them in the past and what has not.
Even something small can improve your lesson and make your math class more fun. You don’t have to change everything. It’s also essential to ask for feedback from your students. You’ll be able to find out what they like or don't like and can better tailor the lesson to their needs. Making your math lessons more enjoyable will lead to improved results from students.
How to Implement New Ideas into Your Lesson?
Implementing your new ideas to make your math lesson more enjoyable for students is to start slow. You don't want to randomly pick ideas and then start using them without putting some thought into them. Your first thing to do is to make a list of all the new ideas you want to incorporate into your lesson plan. Try to aim for at least 2-3 ideas. Some ideas will work great but others may bust. Have a few different methods you're ready to try. After gathering ideas, next you want to think about how you're going to use these ideas in your lesson. Carefully thinking about each idea will make sure things can smoothly and you're ready to try this with your students. Think everything about what lesson they can learn in math class or how students can participate. The more you think about how to incorporate these ideas into the classroom the better.
After you've chosen the ideas and thought about everything from start to finish, next is to start using them. Always talk to your students about what you'll be doing with them. Students are used to a certain routine, especially for how you teach. You can let them know you're going to be changing things up, you can even have them choose the ideas they want to try in their next math lesson. This also makes them feel like they're a part of their learning. It's important to note, some things won't go smoothly and that's okay. Trying a new lesson plan is never easy, you can only be prepared for so much.
Lastly, you're going to want to ask your students for feedback. The reason your trying new ideas is to make your lesson more enjoyable. If your students are not enjoying the lesson it's important to know. It's also going to be essential to know if your students are getting better results. Are they improving? Are they more attentive? Are all great questions to ask yourself. At the end of the day, your students need to learn math.
Start Making Math Lessons Fun
It can be hard teaching math to students, especially if your students don't like math class. As a teacher or tutor in Canada your always searching for ways to help your students. Making your math lessons more enjoyable is a great way to peak their interests and have them enjoy math class, which will lead to increased grades and a better understanding of math. There are lots of different ways you can incorporate different methods into your math class for enjoyment. Try any of the methods we listed above.
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