As you may have known my job includes administering study guidance to students and this does not limit to one or two subjects. Most of the students that I come to work with need help in Mathematics and other subject areas that deal with Maths. Because of this I came to realize that Maths is the hardest subject in school. Some students may have innate ability in Maths but the number is great for those who don’t have.
I must admit that Math was the subject I liked less when I was in school. In fact, I loathed it. But I tried so hard not to fail it either. It’s ironic that I’m helping students in Maths now when I didn’t even excel in this subject before. In the process of helping I also learn and understand more about it and now I feel that Math is easier than I thought. Although there are areas that I still find difficult but learning is not impossible.
When my headmaster asked me if I wanted to go on a course competency training in Math I didn’t think twice. I could see my need to learn how to teach the subject. Since I help students in different grade levels I thought the training might give me insights as to dealing Maths in other perspectives.
The training did not fail my expectations. I enjoyed participating in the activities that the lecturer had prepared for us. It made teaching and learning Maths fun and meaningful. It wasn’t just about paper and pen solving problems but it was more about how and why combined with physical activities. I guess this kind of a method is what I miss in my early days of learning Mathematics.
The textbooks and materials presented on the training were impressive. But I was more interested in the different teaching materials and hands-on activities. It’s contrary to what I experienced when I was in school. I guess it was why I didn’t like the subject in the first place. It was more like staring at the paper of numbers from 1+1 to x+y without understanding the concept.
After the training I realized that Mathematics can be presented in many ways enjoyable and more likeable to students. Integrating materials and activities in the strategy or method will engage them into learning the subject meaningfully, thus, develop liking and treating it as easy as possible.