(CASE STUDY APPROACH)
Dissemination of knowledge related to reading and writing motivation is new endeavour in yahoo club. On 2nd june,1999 one club started in yahoo to discuss this challanging issue. Currently, club members discussed one case,described below, from different perspectives freely and posted their views on the message board of the club. Here is the compiled work of those messages.
Discussants: queenou,prabir2
and dduttaroy
Xena's problem
"My daughter, Xena, 10 years old, grade V, gets good marks in all subjects except math. She does not find any interest in math.Give me some suggestions so that I can motivate her to mathematics ".
Suggestion to case study 1:
Development of interest
in mathematics requires consideration of two important development phases
- intellectual and personality development.
In terms of Piaget's theory of intellectual development, Xena is passing through concrete operational phase. This starts from 7 years and continues upto 11 years. This is the age of emergence of logical thinking, conservation of number,length and weight.
In terms of Erikson's theory on personality development, Xena is passing through the stage of 'Industry vs. inferiority'.This age starts from 6 years and continues upto 12 years. The child at this age is busy with building blocks, creating objects and develops feeling of inferiority due to failure or when she despairs of her tools. At this age,child likes to imitate others.
From the above, it appears that xena could be motivated to math by using following strategies in considering her stages of development.
Recently, I have introduced one brain storming session
to identify the errors in arithmetic.The
participants are the mothers of children from kindergarten
to the 7th grade. And I have noted
following errors:
1. Comprehending errors: It includes errors in understanding mathematical concepts as:
what is addition
What is subtraction ?
What is the difference between addition and subtraction
?
What is the similarity between addition and multiplication
What is the similarity between subtraction and division
What is the similarity between multiplication and division?
2. Linguistic error : Failure to translate symbolic problem into written problem
3. Errors in grouping : Failure to cluster or to make a group among the problems
4. Errors in copying the figure correctly
5. Error in using carried number appropriately
6. Error in following sequences of mathematical steps
7. Error in counting objects
8. Error in learning multiplication tables
If you can remember some other errors, please reply to this message.
Treasure hunts are a lot of fun for children. The clues can be built upon reading or math. Prepare for the hunt by making clues ahead of time and having small treats available. For example: Walk (39 divided by 3) steps to the right. The next clue is under the (5 times 3)th rock.
Each clue depends upon the clue before and each clue has a math problem of the appropriate difficulty for the child. The point is to make the problems challenging but achievable. At the end a treat can be the reward.
There are a number of computer games based on math that are a lot of fun for the child who has access to a computer. Libraries and bookstores have puzzle books with a math focus.
1.Addition problem
http://www.aplusmath.com/games/matho/AddMatho.html
http://www.aplusmath.com/games/picture/AddPicture.html
2.Multiplication problems
http://www.aplusmath.com/games/matho/MultMatho.html
http://www.aplusmath.com/games/picture/MultPicture.html
3.Division problem
http://www.aplusmath.com/games/matho/DivMatho.html
4.Subtraction problem
http://www.aplusmath.com/games/picture/SubPicture.html
FOR DEVELOPMENT OF CONCENTRATION,FOLLOWING GAMES MAY BE
OF YOUR INTEREST
http://www.aplusmath.com/Games/Concentration/Addition_Concentration.html
http://www.aplusmath.com/Games/Concentration/Multiplication_Concentration.html
FOR MATH LANGUAGE PROBLEM,VISIT HERE
http://www.stfx.ca/special/mathproblems/welcome.html