"Visual Math Improves Math Performance"

Feb 16, 2017 | Fort Collins

One of the main reasons I loved math ever since I was a little kid is because there is always one answer and one way to do it. It was a step by step process, that wouldn't allow creativitiy (which isn't one of my strengths) so it naturally was a great fit for me.

Once I started at Mathnasium, and have had the opportunity to see so many individual kids doing math - I realized I was only half right. There is always one answer, but there are MULTIPLE ways to solve it. It's important for people to not only know that there are different, but equally correct ways to solve a problem; but that they take the time to understand and even teach the different methods. When you can show and understand a math problem from many different view points is when you can truly begin to understand and love the complexities of math!

At Mathnasium, we not only teach each topic in multiple ways until we find the method that makes sense to the individual kid we're working with, but we are always eager to learn and build off the paths of thinking our kids bring into the center with them. Even though the answer isn't what you got, it doesn't mean the child's thinking is flawed, but rather that they thought about it differently than you did.

Another great article by Jo Boaler that started this rant of mine can be read in it's entirety by following this link: "Visual Math Improves Math Performance" If you don't have time to read it all (this one's shorter than most), here is my favorite quote,

"Mathematics is a subject that allows for precise thinking, but when that precise thinking is combined with creativity, openness, visualization, and flexibility, the mathematics comes alive." - Jo Boaler