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Teaching Mathematics to Children - Chapter Summary
The objective of this chapter is to improve your knowledge of the different techniques and strategies that have been effective in teaching mathematics to children. They have been put together by our professional instructors to help future teachers review different ways of teaching:
- Mathematical methods and problem-solving strategies
- Numeric relationships and number systems
- Mental math for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
- Uses of estimation to answer questions
- Mathematical modeling and solving word problems
- Geometric shapes, patterns and vocabulary
- Integrating math and science topics
- Differentiated instruction for meeting the diverse needs of students
To discover topics that you may not fully understand, take the quizzes that accompany each lesson. Then, once you've discovered areas of weakness, reinforce your understanding of them by either returning to the lesson, or asking our instructors for assistance. You will have the opportunity to re-assess your comprehension of the material by completing the practice chapter exam at the end of the chapter.
1. Teaching Math: Methods & Strategies
Teachers play an important role in fostering mathematics skills. In this lesson, learn some good ways to teach math methods and problem-solving strategies.
2. Teaching Strategies for Number Systems & Sequences
In this lesson, you'll explore several different teaching strategies related to number sense and patterns within our number system to support the development of numeracy skills.
3. Mathematical Principles for Problem Solving
Solving problems is not just a simple, straightforward process. There are a few principles that can help you as you approach any problem solving scenarios. This lesson covers those principles with examples.
4. Mental Math: Addition and Subtraction
After watching this video lesson, you will get better at adding and subtracting numbers in your head without a calculator. Learn how breaking apart your addition and subtraction problems makes them easier and quicker to solve in your head.
5. Mental Math: Multiplication and Division
Have you ever had to figure out the answer to a quick math problem? Sure, you can use your calculator on your phone, but what if that's out of battery life? In this lesson, we'll learn how to do mental math for multiplication and division.
6. Solving Mathematical Problems Using Estimation
Estimating is a method of calculating a result that is close to, but not exactly, the correct answer to a math problem. Why would you ever need to do this? This lesson reviews estimating and answers the question as to why you would do it.
7. Using Mathematical Models to Solve Problems
Mathematical modeling simply refers to the creation of mathematical formulas to represent a real world problem in mathematical terms. This lesson reviews the creation and pitfalls of mathematical models.
8. How to Use Math Manipulatives to Answer Word Problems
After watching this video lesson, you will see what a math manipulative is, how you can use almost anything as a math manipulative, and how you can use these manipulatives to help you solve word problems.
9. Teaching Strategies for Basic Geometry
Geometry is an area of mathematics that lends itself well to visual and kinesthetic activities. In this lesson, we discuss strategies and techniques for teaching basic geometry.
10. Activities for Integrating Math & Science in the Classroom
This lesson explores the current trend of integrating math and science instruction into the classroom. We'll also look at various examples of activities you can use to engage K-12 students in learning science and math.
11. How to Teach Math Facts to Kids
Teaching math facts can be a daunting task. Using a variety of instructional strategies, such as music, movement, games, flashcards, foldables, and T-charts, keeps math practice exciting, thus increasing student motivation and memorization.
12. How to Differentiate Math Instruction
In today's diverse classrooms, teachers must differentiate their math instruction in order to meet the needs of a variety of learners. This lesson will explain the main principles of and strategies that support the differentiated math classroom.
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