We’re pretty sure you may have heard people say “I’m just not good at maths” from time to time. Maybe you’ve even said it. Well, listen up people, you’re not bad at maths!
Hearing your students saying “I’m bad at maths” can have a negative impact on their motivation for the subject. At the end of the day, if students don’t believe they’re good at something, it can mean they won’t bother trying.
Some students who feel they’re bad at maths just haven’t embraced the subject yet. Here’s how you can help students who say “I’m bad at maths” and encourage them to love it.
Enhance Parental Engagement
Promoting maths learning in the home and encouraging parents to be optimistic about maths can add lots of positivity.
To promote this, why not ask parents to come in and speak with you about maths? Give them a brush-up session so they can help their children with it?
You can also give them a resource to use at home too. EducationCity’s Home Access is perfect for this as parents and their children have a resource with ready-made maths content to help them learn together.
Promote Positive Attitudes
Encourage positive attitudes about maths in the classroom. Use a wide range of tasks and activities to engage all learners and adopt an enthusiastic, ‘can-do’ attitude.
This positive mentality can also be helped by setting fun things in school to encourage maths learning such as maths competitions (we’d recommend PlayLive Maths) and Maths Weeks – things that make it enjoyable!
We’d also recommend sticking up maths posters in schools so students can embrace the subject.
Provide Maths Clubs
To help with maths learning, why not set up a few teacher-led after-school or lunchtime maths clubs which cover different topics for students to get involved in? This will help students learn concepts and will improve their maths knowledge.
Give Your Students Fun, Interactive Learning
Encourage your students to work hard and develop good habits when learning maths to improve their abilities.
With EducationCity, your students can use all the maths content (which is super fun and interactive), to encourage learning of maths concepts in the classroom.
Draw on Positive Maths Role Models
Put up quotes and draw on positive maths role models at school such as Albert Einstein, Ada Lovelace, Sophie Germaine and Isaac Newton. Referring back to iconic figures, and even creating lesson content around them, will improve engagement with the subject.