‘Mathematics’ – The Subject that I love to hate. |

**I am glad to know that for more than two decades the mathematics education has been going through changes gradually. I strongly agree that as teacher, we should boost the children’s interest with mathematics, base on our beliefs about what it means to know and do mathematics and how the children understands about mathematics will effects how we teach.**

*Upon reading Chapter 1,*
With
the introduction of the six principles which is equity, curriculum, teaching,
learning, assessment and technology indicates that excellence in mathematics
education involves more than listing the content objectives. Base on the six
principles, I do agree that each child should be given opportunity and support
to learn mathematics. We should also focus the importance of mathematics in our
curriculum. To make the teaching of mathematics more effective, we need to
understand what the children know and need to learn. This will also depends on
what we provide in the children’s learning base on the daily lesson that we
provide. In the process of learning mathematics, the children must understand
and can understand what they learn. It is also important to have a continuous
assessment to see the children’s progress in learning mathematics. The children
now are fortunate as they are exposed with multi media. Using modern technology
such as computers, calculators and other media technologies is also essential
in teaching mathematics to the children.

Back
then in the 70s, my first experience of learning mathematics was basically rote counting, memorising the tables and to understand the
concepts of addition, subtractions, multiplication and division. The ‘all time
favourite’ instructions that I heard from my teacher was count, memorise, copy
and listen.

**, I realised that my traditional ways of learning mathematics are considered lower-level thinking activities which do not adequately prepare the children for the real act of doing mathematics.***In chapter 2*
As
a pre-school teacher, I often used simple instructions such as find out, see
the difference and think when teaching mathematics. Upon reading the text, I agree
that by using such verbs such as explore, investigate, solve, compare and
predict will stimulate children’s thinking about mathematical ideas. Using such
verbs as instructions may not only develop a higher-level thinking but also
develop their vocabulary.

In
this chapter, I simply love the term ‘productive struggle’. It gives me a good
interpretation of how we should teach and how children should learn mathematics.
Children should have the prior knowledge and tools of how to solve a problem
which they are able to achieve. Simple and straightforward tasks may not give
them an energetic attempt to achieve the mathematical ideas. Thus, they must
know that they need to go through the ‘struggling processes before achieving
the success.