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Why do some people absolutely hate maths? Is it really because it is a difficult and boring subject? Or is the perceived difficulty just an illusion? Let’s list a few points about why you should not hate it as much as you do:

Maths is about problem solving

When you see a problem, what is your first instinct? To run away from it or to try to solve it?

If the latter option is your preference, then you should not hate maths because it is a subject that develops a logical thinking process. A maths problem requires you to think logically and hones your problem solving skills.

Solving a problem is a vital skill – from a teacher arranging students in groups for a class activity to astronomers deciding the best parameters for an optimal trajectory of a satellite to be launched, every person will always encounter a problem and will have to solve it by logical thinking and some calculations.

Maths is about patience

Maths requires patience. Yes, it is very possible that you will make mistakes and not reach the correct result in the first few tries, but is it really worth leaving the subject to your hateful negligence just because you didn’t get it right the first time? Good things take time, so stay right there and don’t give up! It could just be that you were overlooking a simple yet important fact that was messing up your result.

Maths is about understanding

Maths is not about memorising facts, it is about understanding them. Every concept requires you to understand it and feel it, not memories each step in the proof of a theory. Every step has a meaning and can be replaced by another step if it provides the same result. You need to think and understand and understanding things is not a bad trait.

You can practice your concepts here to improve your understanding and build confidence.

Maths is not only about calculations

If you’re one of those who believe that maths is tedious and only about boring numbers then you are wrong. Maths is about a lot of things – patterns, shapes, games, functions, relations, routes and a lot more! Maths is not only about calculating numbers, it is also about finding logical solutions to most common as well as not so common problems in numerous ways.

Maths is used almost everywhere

Maths is used in almost every domain of life. From your daily activities like shopping from the nearby grocery store to various career paths, from business to fashion designing, maths is unavoidable.

Fashion designing looks fun, colourful and creative and it requires the designer to design according to the measurements of a model, adjust the parts of the design to match others not only in colour but in shape, length and size as well. Maths, we found you here too!

Maths is fun!

And last but not the least, maths is fun! Once you start to understand it and see how interesting it is, it is actually quite enjoyable. Maths based games are fun and so is understanding a new, cool concept.

If maths look tedious and uninteresting to you, you only need to give it a chance. Be patient, be understanding, be thoughtful: these traits are not just useful for maths.

Author: Gunjan Vyas
Gunjan is a college student who likes to write as a hobby. She has contributed to internationally acclaimed anthologies and also published a well-received collection of short stories.

Every child is special and possesses one or more special talent - something they are specifically good at, something they do better than other things. Like a seven year old boy could be really bad at dancing, but could be drawing beautiful sketches in his sketchbook and you may not even be aware. Here are some ways by which you can know about his interests:

Listen

As a parent, one should take keen interest in whatever the child has to say. Listening patiently is the key to finding what he/she is capable of. Kids talk about things that interest them and many times, they want to know how they can do it. So, next time when your child comes running to you to show something that's really interesting and you're working, keep your work aside for ten minutes and listen.

Do not judge

So he is talking about how his grandmother knit a beautiful sweater and is fascinated by the design she made and it makes you nervous that he is probably nurturing a hobby more suited to girls. Don't judge him! Appreciating the aesthetics of the design is not something that should make you skeptical about his hobbies, it should make you realise that he may have an eye for design and patterns - a useful and important trait of a graphic artist.

Do not jump to conclusions

Your daughter is shy and stays quiet in the company of others. She is hardly ever comfortable conversing with people outside her family and friend circle and you conclude she is antisocial and lacks communication skills. Wrong!

That alone shouldn't let you decide. She might be imagining strange characters in strange situations. She could be delivering beautiful speeches alone and talking wonderfully with her imaginary characters because real people scare her. It's not social skills she lacks, it's self-confidence. And that's what you should be working on.

Encourage

Encourage your kids to explore, learn, make mistakes and spend time on various activities. Don't stop them from doing anything unless it's harmful. Encourage them to learn from their mistakes rather than crying over them and feeling disappointed.

They know what makes them happy but are not sure and need your help and encouragement for this purpose.

Be a good parent and support them!

Author: Gunjan Vyas
Gunjan is a college student who likes to write as a hobby. She has contributed to internationally acclaimed anthologies and also published a well-received collection of short stories.

# IBM predicts classroom learning will be tailored for each individual child in next 5 years.

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The IBM 5 in 5 is the eighth year in a row that IBM has made predictions about technology, and this year’s predictions are sure to get people talking.

The classroom will learn you.

Since the days of the one room schools, both K-12 and higher education classrooms have been focused on a one-to-many communication between a teacher and a group of students. All students receive the same material from a teacher in a lecture setting because individual attention for 30 or more is nearly impossible. The classrooms of the future will give educators the tools to learn about every student, providing them with a tailored curriculum from kindergarten to high school. So classroom of the future will shift from a one-size-fits-all model to a truly personalized environment.

The classroom of the future will learn about each specific student over the course of their education, helping them master the skills that match their goals. The rapid digitization of educational institutions will allow unprecedented instrumentation of the learning process. Cognitive computing, or learning technologies, will help us calculate everything we can about how each student learns and thrives, then create flexibility in the system to continually adapt and fine-tune what we deliver to that student and how this supports teachers and employers.

Two out of three people globally, haven’t got the high school education. So there is highly possible in a decade, globally, the school pass out will be increase exponentially.

Bernie Meyerson, vice president of innovation at IBM in his interview to venturebeat says “Now teachers learn about a child every year, but moving forward teachers already know everything about a child how he/she learn.”

IBM also mentions clearly that this doesn't replace teacher. It allows them to be far more effective.

Author: Shatru Naik

Shatru is start-up specialist with experience in education and IT domains, currently he founded maths9.com. Shatru is interested in education research. He can be reached at shatru (at) maths9.com. You also connect him on LinkedIn.

Nothing can be difficult than engaging your students during class timings so that they perform well in the finals. Being a teacher, you may find it absolutely impossible but in actual, it is not! What if you make certain changes in sitting arrangements and introduce a bit different learning technique than before? Well, Kristine Smith, over at Essaymall.co.uk, has sent me some excellent advice about classroom management tips and, with her permission, I’d like to share it with you her innovative ideas that  will truly work out and help to reduce your stress during teaching in the classroom. Kristine is an education technology coordinator who frequently writes about modern teaching trends for both primary and high school students.  So, are you ready to make these little fellows attentive during lectures and other imperative class activities? If yes, then have a look at these easy ways:

Ask students to tell what you just taught

Isn’t it great to revitalize the minds of your students by asking them to tell what you just taught? Well, this technique helps you a lot in checking their memory skills along with the level of attention in the class. Also, it improves their confidence level by presenting the respective explanation in front of you.

Show them an inspiring movie

Visual learning is a fundamental option to draw your students’ attention in the class.  An interesting movie or documentary can raise their interest up to high extent because the thing which you want to teach them through lectures can easily be taught by a fascinating movie.

Stand up and take a round

Well, this is the easiest technique that compels your students to sit attentive and note down the significant things. This practice induces them to listen carefully and stop those vague gossips that are real time wasting activities.

Throw a challenging question to answer

Students want something creative to show their skills and abilities. A challenging question which asks them to do something out of the box is the best option to enhance their interest level. By this, they engage themselves with several activities such as thinking, organizing and writing to find out the correct answer.

Remove distractions

A peaceful environment is a pre-requisite of effective learning. Remove all the distractions such as an open window, too much light and other distractive objects to create a best learning environment. This practice helps strengthen their focus and provide them a chance to perform well.

Make groups

By dividing your class strength into small groups, you can create new enthusiasm in your students to participate in group discussions. By this, they will not only learn things but also increase their speaking power in front of the entire class.

Play a game

A little game regarding your topic of discussion will not only increase their attention but also, amplify their knowledge in a great manner. Ask certain questions related to the respective topic and see how they respond to this activity.

Encourage a student to teach lesson

It is good to ask someone to teach on your behalf just to change the traditional learning atmosphere. As the other students become excited to see their own friend, they take more interest in learning with fun.

Give small rewards

How about giving your students certain rewards on performing well in the class discussions and other activities? Well, this is the most successful idea to gain their attention. Purchase a wonderful gift or announce a cash price so that they take more interest.

Ask students to gather certain information

Last but not the least, assign them a project to gather interesting information from a book or a magazine so that they take more interest in the given activity.

Try these amazing tips to increase the level of attention of the students in the classrooms and improve your teaching process for acquiring better results.

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Author:

Katie is a professional research writer and a successful education blogger, currently serving herself as an editor at Essaymall, London, UK. Katie became a writer after completing her Masters in literature and then established her career in the field of education and research.