Mathematics, why do I need it??

Many of us ask ourselves why do I need to learn math.

What will I do with it in life? Have you ever seen anyone use a parabola at the grocery store??

Well, this question is asked by many especially our precious children who come to school every day.

If you look, it seems that mathematics belongs to every area of our lives, from a simple calculation of the cost of groceries in the grocery store, clothing discounts, to bank accounts calculations (how much can an individual afford to spend).

We see that mathematics explains numerically the sequence of events that befall us, and reduces everything into a formula. In fact, mathematics is the logic behind every action or sequence of actions, and its laws manage our world.

Every person knows that in order to function well in any organized system he has to know the rules of the game internalize and act upon them.

In other words, no situation exists in which a person tries to run equipment contrary to the manufacturer's instructions, or, for example, a person will not act in a particular social environment as he sees fit, but must learn the laws of the place and act upon them. The same is true in the study of mathematics: We sharpen and direct our minds to act according to the laws existing in the world, and think realistically according to the time and place.

I hope that you have now been convinced to study math!!!

It is now possible to tell that there are many different ways to teach this subject, and all of them eventually link the student to current thinking, but from a different angle. If we internalize it, we can be free from our heartfelt fear that this subject is difficult, or cannot easily be understood.

For example, complex math questions presented in the form of a game or a funny riddle can be solved more easily than when presented as a boring formula. Trigonometry questions can be solved easily by a simple drawing and a few simple keywords.

Here we are talking about "mathematics literacy".

""Mathematics literacy is an individual’s capacity to identify and understand the role that mathematics plays in the world, to make well-founded judgments, and to engage in mathematics in ways that meet the needs of that individual’s current and future life as a constructive, concerned and reflective citizen [conscious, responsible, helpful, and capable of observing and reacting to what is happening around him]." (De Lange et al., PISA 2006).

Here we come to the big question:

If this is so simple, then why is this subject so difficult for us????????

The answer lies in the concept of "mathematics literacy".

As seen above, the definition of literacy is the ability of the student to understand, simplify and translate everyday reality into a mathematical expression. Here the teacher's way of teaching is very important, since, unlike various verbose subjects, where a person can encompass a large amount of material only by reading. The required skills of mathematics requires these and other characteristics not always found in the student's basket of skills.

Here, the remedial teacher in mathematics must provide the students with the tools required for understanding and success.

Would you like to know what these tools are?

You are welcome to contact me.

Yours,

Dikla