“Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding.” – William Paul Thurston
Mathematics, an interesting subject, often requires a great deal of effort on the part of the teachers to explain the concepts and processes clearly to the students. Now that teachers have mastered the art of how to teach online, it is essential for them to simplify the intimidating subject of Mathematics to the students in online classes.
The best thing about online classes is that they are far more effective in improving the performance of students because they get a lot of flexibility and thus attend all the classes without fail. Since Mathematics is considered to be an integral part of the curriculum, teachers need to ensure if they are using the best possible means to make the students understand the intricate calculation methodologies.
A study undertaken by Cambridge International published in the Global Education Census 2018 has revealed that Mathematics is the most studied subject worldwide. Though teachers may find it difficult to teach mathematics while staying behind the screen, online learning has actually made mathematics learning super easy for the students. By taking help from various mathematics-based websites, apps and YouTube channels, teachers can now help the students understand the various applicational rules and theorems easily.
In this blog, we will share with you some amazing tips by which you can make the students feel Mathematics to be a breeze.
Always remember to teach the students a single concept per class. Avoid stomping them with too many theorems and concepts just in a single day as it would confuse the students and they will gradually start losing interest in the subject. Begin the online classes by explaining the easiest of concepts so that they get drawn to the subject and feel at ease with the topic.
Make use of proper illustrations to make the lessons of mathematics enriching and fascinating for the students. You can make use of the LMS or Learning Management System where you can discuss the problems that the students are facing. You can use the virtual whiteboard available in the online teaching apps to explain the concepts lucidly to the pupils. You can also use digital multi-colored markers or pens to present the various formulas, derivations of those formulas and geometrical drawings to make the teaching-learning process an interesting one. If you highlight the various areas of the formula and mathematical problems, it would be clearer for the students to understand the calculations in the correct precedence.
A good way to know if the students are paying interest to what you are explaining, is by calling out their names all of a sudden and asking them simple questions related to the topic that is being taught in the class. In this way, you will be able to understand if they have really got the thing clearly into their heads or just feigning it.
Make class participation a lucrative affair by offering them attractive rewards, badges, extra points and digital certificates. Give them assignments periodically and check them carefully to see how well they have understood the topic. Initiate discussions and encourage them to open up before you in case they feel difficulty at any point while solving the problem.
Allot the last fifteen minutes of the online class to address the queries of students. Try to clear the doubt-shrouded minds of the students in that very class to ensure the basic concept has been engraved in the young minds. In case, you are unable to address all the queries of the students within the class hours, make it a point to begin the class the next day with that query of the student. You may also use a Learning Management System or LMS to discuss mathematical concepts and give the students the answers that they were in search of.
With the advent of technological developments, teaching mathematics in online classes has become easier. You can use a wide variety of tools such as mathematics-related websites, videos, relevant animations, rich-colored digital pens, etc., to explain the concepts easily to the students. Always remember that clear conception are the roots to have great mastery over this discipline. Playing with numbers is indeed fun! Spread the love for mathematics among your students. All the best!