Do you want your child to go from “I hate math” to “I love math?” Do you want them to have that teacher – the one that makes it so fun, so attainable – that it changes their entire attitude? My friend Lynn is one of those remarkable teachers, the kind you and your child will always remember.
Are you wondering why your intelligent, creative visual learner is struggling with math? Well, first of all, there is nothing wrong with her. Traditional math education methods require a lot of memorization and drills. There’s a focus on computation. They teach the process rather than the whole concept. This is not how your visual kid learns!
This morning I was looking on line to see what kind of things are being done in elementary schools, to teach math visually and came across this video; Teaching Math Without Words: A Visual Approach to Learning Math Through Software.
In the video Dr. Matthew Peterson shares some great insights on why the current language heavy approach to teaching math is not working, especially for children that learn visually and conceptually. In answer to these challenges, their group, The Mind Research Institute has developed math-learning software to use in the classroom and is yielding impressive results. This video includes examples of their software – which I must admit – move way too fast for me to fully grasp. But when seeing the children working and discussing, in front of their computers, the programs seem to move at a pace that invites engagement and understanding.