Using fingers in math is good and making mistakes promotes brain growth, we need to change the way math is presented to children and change the mindset that we are either a math person or not. Believing such messages seem to hinder both boys and girls from later majoring in physical science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields. Read more about Jo Boaler and her work at Standford.
Students are told not to use their fingers in many classrooms which is basically shutting down brain growth and we have to change this. We also do not give enough visuals in an average math class. It is time to shift from worksheet math to an open-ended approach which celebrates the error which innately teaches concepts in a much more effective way. Believing such messages may hinder both boys and girls from result majoring in physical science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields.
Einstien said that play the highest form of research. We need to play more, nurture it and promote adventure. The mind needs time to struggle in order to think and take a risk in solving problems. Dan Finkel encourages us to address learning and teaching math with courage, curiosity, and a sense of play.
Watch these two TED talks, and let’s stop math alienation!