We can appreciate mathematics and develop logical thinking while having fun with games. This article will introduce the St Bees ECA course "Math in Games". You will love it!
Learning with happiness: interest is the best teacher.
In the "Math in Games" class, you can see a wide range of game resources. There are not only Chinese traditional educational toys such as Huarongdao, Jiulianhuan and Luban lock, but also western classic intelligence games such as the Rubik's cube and the Monopoly game and all kinds of board games, such as archaeological treasure hunt etc.
"For children in primary and secondary school, it is of great importance to cultivate their interest in mathematics. In the varied and interesting games, students can appreciate the profound mystery of mathematics and cultivate their interest in it" said Helen Hao, the Director of our math teaching department.
Interest is the best teacher. When students feel the fun of studying math, they are more willing to explore it. The teacher shared: "The first stage of Rubik's cube was planned for two lessons. After the first lesson, the students used their spare time and weekends to study by themselves. As a result, many students learned how to play by themselves."
Experiential inquiry: participation is the best learning.
The best way to learn mathematics is to “do” it. In playing mathematics games, each student can experience the significance of mathematics by using their hands and mind in the process of a practical operation.
With experiential learning through games, students can use all their senses and immerse themselves in the process. For example, the children in grade one are so active that If they are only faced with boring numbers, they will not be able to sit still for quiet a long time, while in the class of “Math in Games” they can sit there calmly and concentrate on playing Huarong Road of numbers.
Problem solving: the sense of achievement provides the main impetus.
After our math teachers explain the rules, the students are allowed to explore the game freely. Then the teachers explain the game in detail and accompany the students to practice skillfully.
"We will adjust the content and difficulty of games according to the grades and stages of students," the math teacher stated. In class, math teachers pay great attention to the sense of achievement of each student by assisting them in solving problems and making progress through games.
For example, let students explore and discover the rules by themselves, complete the restoration of nine links and Kongming lock within the specified time, and carry out various small competitions. Students are always encouraged to challenge new difficulties and make a breakthrough.
In this process, students master mathematical knowledge, improve practical ability and cultivate logical thinking. The sense of achievement provides the great impetus to children's progress!