I have worked with many students over the years, and have gathered some easy, successful ways of introducing information so that any student can learn, even if at first it seems overwhelming.
For example, multiplication is sometimes a tough concept to get. Addition and subtraction make sense, but multiplication can be a hard one to duplicate. A sweet student of mine was very frustrated with this math and couldn't get how it worked.
I know that this sounds extra simple to do, but, we started drawing circles for 2's multiplication and then 3's. As we progressed into making circles for 2 x 8 and such, a pattern began to be clear to her. She could see how each number changed as we progressed with more circles. Success!
Yesterday, I had a student who was working on decimals. It was a fairly simple problem of subtracting decimals, but for whatever reason, he was thrown out by it. I got a new piece of paper and wrote the problem very big for him and reminded him that we were just subtracting, that we would deal with the decimals at the end. I have used this many times and find that writing the problem very large helps to take away some of the overwhelm. We did the problem, then we just brought down the decimal. His upset turned to a smile and he told me that now he understands. So simple, right! When I had classrooms of students, I used to take them out to a sidewalk by my classroom and give them chalk and have them write a math problem as big as they wanted, and then do the problem. Worked every time.
Well, off to start my day! Would love to hear from more of you with questions or concerns! If want to do a FREE CONSULT or ask a student question, my phone number is on my website!
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