The 5 Secrets to Making Maths Interesting For your Child
Are you having a hard time keeping your high school teen interested in maths? You’re not alone. For many, especially teens, the interest and excitement of maths can quickly wear off. The reasons for this happening are as varied as the teens themselves; from a lack of basic understanding to an uninteresting and cumbersome manner in which the subject is taught. Often we find that the simplest solutions are the easiest to implement.
The first step to fostering interest for maths is building confidence in your child. As parents we can achieve this by encouraging a new curiosity of the subject; by showing our children the possibilities that exist beyond pen and paper equations.
The second step we can take is to encourage a positive approach to the subject. Maths plays an important role in everything we do and everything we will do. The future we are looking at is one of innovation. And a lot of it will be impossible without maths. The opportunities are endless for what we can achieve. When we unlock this way of thinking in our children we set them on the right path for success.
As our world has evolved, so have our children. Now is the right time to think outside the box; to look at the world through the eyes of our children. Instead of trying to undo the damage of disinterest we need to find alternative ways to reignite a passion for maths.
Provide a Futuristic Look at Maths
Have you thought about what jobs will look like in 2030? Think back 10 years ago to 2010. This was the year the first iPads were launched to the public. At the end of 2009, Fitbit launched its first wearable wrist tracker, ready for the 2010 market. Instagram rolled out its visual social media platform. The same year, a person in San Francisco called the very first Uber.
Now with this in mind, what do the next 10 years look like? Many of the world’s processes will be automated and to get this done we need maths. Maths will arguably be the cornerstone of careers in the future. Take a look as some of these cool jobs that await our children:
Space Pilot for Commercial Travel
Ladies and gentlemen welcome aboard your flight about the earth. The same way your child needs maths to become a pilot they’ll need it for commercial or cargo flights.
Engineer for Alternative Energy
Our current means of energy generation simply won’t cut it in the future. Our children will be the ones coming up with alternative ways to produce and distribute energy. From solar to wind power our future generation of engineers hold the key to our sustainable future.
The world is rapidly moving towards a future reliant on robotics. Without maths, this future would not exist. From planning to building and coding for the future of robotics in the world will lie in the hands of a future generation that is capable and confident with maths.
Augmented Reality is only just starting to pique interest around the world. Imagine what will happen in the next 10-years. Journey builders in AR will lead the way for creating unimaginable experiences for clients. The calibration, design, and building of these unique experiences will require maths.
A Game of Numbers
Somewhere along the line, learning lost its fun appeal. This is one of the main reasons our children have lost interest in subjects such as maths and the sciences. But, there is hope. By bringing the fun back in learning we will change the way we teach our children in schools and at home. Gamification is the new breed of teaching. It is the use of game mechanics in otherwise non-game environments to encourage participation and achieve goals.
Through the use of gamification to create profiles, earn points and badges, and level up, apps help school pupils learn without knowing it. Gamification has made learning maths fun again. Three great examples of gamified learning platforms for maths are TEDed, Khan Academy, and Coursera. Aside from the fun factor, gamification takes the stress out of learning maths for our children.
Socially Connected Learning
Social connection has a unique ability to stimulate learning for our children. Our children are growing up in an internet-connected world. Allowing our children to engage with their peers, teachers, and experts on subjects such as maths gives them a better understanding of what they are learning. Online learning platforms and their communities have brought the world closer together.
We might not know how to help our children learn maths but we can give them access to people who will know. Educational platforms allow our children to connect directly with peer learning groups. If we want our children to succeed in a technology-based world, we need to embrace the technologies available to them. At Keep It On Core we’ve integrated this social element into our learning experience. Students on the platform have the ability to join groups and connect with other learners through the platform. They can share ideas, ask questions and support one another as they learn.
Activating the Maths Brain
Maths will never be a one-size-fits-all subject. We all know our children’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to maths. There are simple things we can do at home to help our children, without it feeling as though they’ve sat down in the classroom again. To do this we need to include our children in our everyday mathematical thinking.
Get your child involved with setting up your household or grocery budget. We can also encourage our children to take up maths-based puzzle games such as Sudoku or Kakuro. Another great way to get our children practising basic maths at home is to ask for help with household measurements;
- How much water is needed to fill the pool?
- How much fertilizer do we need for the lawn?
- What is our average daily electricity consumption?
Maths is everywhere and we can use it to encourage our children to learn in a helpful and meaningful way.
Children are competitive, especially among their peers. Understanding the basic maths behind a deck of cards can help your child beat their friends at card games including poker, bridge, and back jack. This is done by calculating the number of probable combinations and counting discarded cards to give the upper hand.
Maths is not just good for getting the jump on friends in a card game. Maths and magic go hand in hand.
- Think of a number
- Double it
- Add 10
- Halve it
- Take away your original number
Is your answer 5?
And, let’s not forget the Australian mathematician who outsmarted the lottery to win the jackpot 14 times.