How to teach Mathematics………?For many students in Nepal, Mathematics is very difficult subject andit also seems completely separate from what they do at home and inthe community. They cannot seethe point of what they are doing in maths at school. They also cannotsee the connection between the maths they do at school and the mathsthat they do in other places such as the market, kitchen, or the fields.Teaching mathematics to the students, it is very important to knowlearning culture of those students. To teach mathematics effectivelyand easily, the teacher must 1. Bring the culture of the local community into the mathematics classroom. 2. Develop the idea that maths is a global activity. 3. Use the local environment to teach mathematics.
Bringing the culture of the community into the classroom is importantbecause: • It breaks down barriers between home and school. • It values the mathematics that is going on in the community. • It makes links between the mathematics that is used in the community and the school syllabus. • It shows that the community is a good resource for mathematics. • It makes school maths more relevant to students.Developing the idea that maths is a global activity is important because: • It shows that maths is not just a their activity. • It celebrates the achievements of cultures around the world. • It broadens students’ outlooks. • It shows where maths comes from.Using the local environment to teach maths is important because: • It helps students make connections between the world around them and the school. • It helps students understand their environment. • It helps students see how maths is used in real life.
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