Speaking mathematically-how do children learn?, Mathematics

Assignment Help:

Speaking Mathematically :  A Class 2 teacher was explaining the concept of place value to his students, using the number eleven. He started by saying "One and one make eleven." Some of the children, who had till now learnt that one and one actually make two, were thoroughly confused. Why did this confusion arise? Could it be because of the language used?

Clearly, language is needed for conveying mathematical notions to children. Also, language itself is something that children are trying to master. Hence, in learning mathematics, children have to cope with trying to understand language as well as mathematics. And therefore, when you find that a child is not able to understand a particular mathematical concept, it may just be due to confusion created by the language used for explaining the concept.

E1) Give some examples, from your experiences, of confusion arising in a child's understanding of mathematical concepts because of language interference.

Sometimes children coming from certain backgrounds may not be familiar with some words that are used in the textbooks and by the teachers. For example, not knowing the meanings of terms such as 'shorter', 'wide', 'same', 'different', 'few', 'as many as', 'equal to', 'each', etc., can obstruct their understanding of mathematics. Another source of confusion is when many different words express the same mathematical concept. For example, 'equals', 'makes' and 'is the same as' are all represented by the sign '='.

Even older children often have to face this kind of problem. This is because the language used in conveying mathematical ideas at any level places heavy demands on the children's ability to comprehend language. Getting children to talk about the mathematics that they are doing helps them to tackle this problem, and to learn the language of mathematics.

At another level, children can be confused by the grammatical complexity and sentence length of a word problem. For example, the question "What number between 25 and 30 cannot be divided exactly by 2 or 3?" is indeed complex.

Wouldn't a child find it easier to understand if it were reworded as "Look for a number between 25 and 30. You cannot divide this number exactly by 2 or by 3.

What is the number?"?

Doing the following exercise may give you some more insight into the importance of using language that a child is familiar with.

E2) Identify the different ways in which you can explain the following mathematical problem to a Class 2 child and to a Class 4 child.  Why is one-fourth less than one-half?

Observe the language you use.

And finally, a point to keep in mind about the learning environment, that holds for any of us, child or adult.


Related Discussions:- Speaking mathematically-how do children learn?

Imaginay Number, how to solve imaginary number such as like (-3v-5)² ?? Can...

how to solve imaginary number such as like (-3v-5)² ?? Can I cancel the radical sign and the power of two ? and square the -3 and times to -5 ? hope you will answer this :) thanks

Quadratic equations by completing the square method, Can we solve the Quadr...

Can we solve the Quadratic Equations by completing the square method? if yes explain it.

Determine that the series is convergent or divergent, Determine or find out...

Determine or find out if the subsequent series is convergent or divergent.  If it converges find out its value. Solution To find out if the series is convergent we fir

Java program for sorting algorithms, Introduction: In this project, yo...

Introduction: In this project, you will explore a few sorting algorithms. You will also test their efficiency by both timing how long a given sorting operation takes and count

Coin problem, Explain Coin Problem? How to resolve Coin Problem? Explain br...

Explain Coin Problem? How to resolve Coin Problem? Explain brief...

Krystal, what is the tenths place

what is the tenths place

Calculate latest triangular area sail for his boat, Rick is order a latest ...

Rick is order a latest triangular sail for his boat. He needs knowing the area of the sail. Which formula will he use? The area of a triangle is 1/2 times the length of the bas

Problem Solving, the low temperature in anchorage alaska today was negative...

the low temperature in anchorage alaska today was negative four degrees what is the difference in the two low temperatures

Write Your Message!

Captcha
Free Assignment Quote

Assured A++ Grade

Get guaranteed satisfaction & time on delivery in every assignment order you paid with us! We ensure premium quality solution document along with free turntin report!

All rights reserved! Copyrights ©2019-2020 ExpertsMind IT Educational Pvt Ltd