The Importance of Kinesthetic Learning in Mathematics _ Ethan Teare

The Importance of Kinesthetic Learning in Mathematics _ Ethan Teare

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Unformatted text preview: The Importance of Kinesthetic Learning in Mathematics Mathematics Created By: Ethan Teare (Mathematics/Secondary Education~CWRU); 2009 COFSP •Kinesthetic learning can be defined as “Hands-On” learning. In math courses, this means repeated practice. •As a result, often this approach is viewed as a necessity for the sciences, but other disciplines that require it, such as Math, are overlooked. •Personally I have found that when a hands-on approached is used in Mathematics, by both the teacher and the student, success follows. •In other words, for many students who struggle with Math, the answer may simply be a different approach. Example: The Kinesthetic Approach In Calculus Example: • After being a student in both Calculus I & II with Chris Butler as my • instructor, I have found that his approach gives students an excellent potential for success. Immediately after presenting a new concept, Chris will do an example using the concept so the students are able to see what it means in practice. Consequently, repeated and applicable examples are required for the student’s success. – He also is always willing to answer questions, and offers additional practice problems for those who desire them—in other words, you can never practice too much. • I have found that doing the suggested homework as soon as possible after • • class, helps immensely in learning the new material. I attribute this to the fact that I am able to practice the concepts I have learned and seen practiced in a “hands­on” manner. Simply reading my notes will be extremely ineffective. The Kinesthetic approach, which both I and my instructor take, in Calculus is what has caused me to be able to learn a lot of material very well. For success in Math (and obviously other disciplines) I believe that this approach is essential, resulting in consistent practice. Steps to Success (From the Kinesthetic Perspective) Steps 1. 2. 3. 4. • • Go to class and take notes on both concepts and examples. After class, as soon as possible (within the same day or two) do the suggested/assigned homework problems, or find your own practice problems. If you have questions on any of these problems, follow them up with questions for your instructor. Before a test, practice~practice~practice; while reviewing concepts in the notes when necessary. Practice ends up being the biggest key, and while requiring a consistent amount of time, it does not require 10 hour cramming before a test. Math cannot only involve seeing, it must require doing. ...
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course MATH 220 taught by Professor Kearn during the Fall '11 term at BYU.

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