Your students are getting restless during mathematics class. They don’t seem motivated and show little interest to learn the subject even though, you’ve spent hours thinking of ways to make the lessons more interesting.
We’ve all been there. It can be hard ensuring that students are motivated and engaged in every lesson. That’s why we’ve got your back. To help you break the monotony and boredom of drill and worksheets, here are 15 innovative ways to engage students in mathematics.
1. Cross Collab: Cross-curricula Instruction
Take the math(s) out of mathematics.
Combining maths with other subject knowledge and skills allows students to be more aware of maths in the world around them. When cross-curricula instruction happens, students are encouraged to integrate their learning experiences and apply knowledge in an organic manner.
It makes learning more accessible, meaningful, and relevant because students start to see maths concepts in other subject areas. This deepens and broadens their understanding of maths and how it is interconnected with other subjects.
Before fleshing out the lesson plan in detail, it is important to identify the objectives of each content area at the start. Also think about the appropriate curriculum benchmarks and how you plan to assess your students’ understanding after each lesson.
2. Tap into Tech
From the use of simple calculators to online mathematics games, videos, and apps; technology in the classroom has evolved tremendously.
Technology brings mathematics to life, allowing students to play a more engaged role in experimenting, investigating and problem solving. Gamified activities blend extrinsic and intrinsic rewards to maintain student’s learning motivation and momentum.
When used effectively, technology allows students to practice and learn concepts more efficiently and reduce mathematics anxiety. Most of all, it saves teachers precious time.
Consider Mathletics, an online mathematics resource that makes preparing, planning, and setting lessons easy for teachers. With assisted marking, automated reporting, plus hundreds of mathematics lessons and resources at your fingertips, you free up precious time to focus on your students.