"Many parents in the United States assume that (math ability)
is just some kind of aptitude -
some kids have it, some kids don't . . .
The result is most of our kids (in the U.S.) don't do really
well in Math . . ."
- Daniel Koretz, professor of education at Harvar...
Becoming good at something most of the time requires support, instruction and encouragement from others. First of all, we need instruction from experts, and second, because we need encouragement in the beginning when practice is mostly about making mistakes and correcting them. Parents and teachers know this well and use positive reinforcement all the time (sometimes even too much).
I believe that there are key components, areas in the education system that are able to determine successful teaching, or at least significantly increase the likelihood of success. If we find these and improve them, teaching itself will have a chance to succeed. Based on my experience and some research, I believe that one of the key areas is the social value of the teaching professi...
I just read an interesting article from the OECD web page.
The article is analyzing research data from PISA tests and finds a really reasonable conclusion.
"Students who avoid making an effort to understand mathematics concepts may succeed in some school environments; but a lack of deep,critical and creative thinking may seriously penalise these students later in life when confronted with real, non-routine problems."
Permanent improvement requires time, will, effort as well as rational, honest character from student, teacher and parent. The beauty of teaching is to bring these 3 participants to the same table and work consistently towards a common goal. Improvement.
My experience is that the most successful students are usually not the smartest ones, but the ones who are able to improve the most over a certain time period. The most tenaci...
One of my most dedicated students has been putting tremendous effort into understanding math and practice. She is asking questions, making notes as I suggested to her, and she is building her own confidence with my guidance.
The first test in the new year made her happy ... and me too :)