I have spent many hours over past years in different math classes. When we talk about Math, equations and formulas will pop into our minds, scaring many. Even before we had description of the math course outline, many of my classmates had many inquiries about it. Is it the name? Is it the concept of the strict pointy-nosed teacher at Sing'ore Girls? Is it the outrageous storyline "Maths is hard"? Or are they desperate about approach to math? Many of them were already prepared on how to fail. Poor or no preparation at all, fear, bad attitude towards math and hatred towards math's teachers making math classes very boring. More than 70% of the whole school were getting extremely shocking grades!! Maths become a mental abuse to them. Why Math?? Where do we see Math?? Calenders? Clocks? Computers? Physics?....Maths is every where and they could not run away from it. Neither could teach them how to add love or minus hate.
During my undergraduate I came to learn that making math engaging is all a matter of bringing as much clarity to the concepts and procedures as possible. Integrating technology keeps the class fresh, because there are just so many tools available to engage, enrich, and inspire students . Lots of this has to do with understanding. African Maths initiative is making life colorful and fun through use of applications and programs and thus changing students attitudes. Card games, statistics, physical activities, programming, modeling are just some of the themes. Card games for instance help students to identify similarities and differences and then categorize them, which are all higher-order thinking skills. It also brings in an element of fun, discussion and surprise to practicing problems.
We have been working hard at AMI to make maths concepts relevant to their lives and hoping that the underlying skills are what will stick with them: finding errors and fixing them, problem solving, thinking outside the box, using discussion to help others understand, asking and answering good questions, organizing information, identifying patterns, making predictions, teaching others, and taking responsibility for their own learning. I believe that this would make Math more important than what people might think!!