“I get it now. That’s easy!”
The ‘light bulb’ moment for Toby: a 13 year old boy, who had really been struggling with the concept of dividing fractions.
I have spent over 20 years, teaching and tutoring students who struggle with Maths, don’t think that they are any good at Maths and understandably hate Maths. Like Toby they didn’t get the concepts and so couldn’t develop the skills.
So how to help them get it …
The answer I found was to help them to see the concepts and to develop their visual understanding so that they could successfully meet mathematical challenges.
I taught the children key mathematical concepts using ‘concrete’ materials, such as multi-link cubes and a simple vocabulary. In a supportive environment, the children became good at using these tools. Consequently, they went on to further developing their skills in a pictorial form. Ultimately, they were able to work confidently and with good understanding in abstract mathematical forms.
It was quite a revelation to see the rapid transformation from unhappy, unsuccessful children to confident, happy, successful achievers.
This is the Visual MathsTM approach: simple, easy and enjoyable!