Why It’s Important to Make Math Relatable
Did you know that students learn best when they can relate to and have a personal connection to the math lesson? Relatable math learning experiences can have a positive influence on students’ learning.
It is important to make math relatable to students in order to create engaging learning experiences.
Research has found that real-life math problems that include situations that students live and experience can influence students’ understanding and ability to solve word problems because personal connections are developed (Newton, 2017).
For example, to keep students engaged in a math lesson use examples that are personal and relevant to students. Word problems can be relatable to students by incorporating students’ interests, cultural experiences, and lived experiences (Henriksen & Mehta, 2016). The book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students, has great strategies.
Teachers can develop engaging word problems by using students’ interests or current trends such as games, video games, characters from favorite T.V. shows or books, snacks, etc.
Relatable math lessons can also include hands-on learning experiences and visual representations. Word problems can include situations that can be represented physically with real-life objects or visually with photographs. For example, physical hands-on items such as markers, crayons, books, snacks, and pictures can be used to make math relatable. Printed pictures of basketballs, baseballs, cookies, and books are also been helpful to make the lesson relatable.
Remember, student engagement increases as a result of using relatable learning experiences.
So, do you want to learn more about making math relatable to students? If so, download the FREE guide The 10 Steps to Create Effective and Engaging Math Lessons to begin today!
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