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Math subject is the least favorite subject among all other subjects, especially with boys. Numbers don’t seem to get along with them. However, this is not the reason to give up mathematics. Instead, it should be a motivation to continue researching effective strategies for teaching the topic.

Actually, math experts up to now are continuously researching to find the best method to teach the subject to children. Many strategies have already been introduced, such as these strategies below, which have proven themselves many times over.

1. Direct instruction. This type of strategy involves using clear and direct language in teaching the subject. In this setting, the teacher should lead sample problems and point out difficult aspects of the sample problem. Then he should let the student solve the problem under her supervision. If there are any questions, the teacher should be able to clarify this with the student. Then the students must work on another problem without the help of the teacher. The teacher then assesses the student’s performance through this independent task.

2. Peer tutoring. This type of strategy involves two students with the same or different abilities who from time to time exchange roles when teaching each other. While the other student acts as a tutor, the other acts as a student. For this strategy to be effective, there must be frequent and honest feedback between the two students. Positive reinforcements should also be used to encourage each other. Also, this can be more effective if the lessons are delivered in the form of a game. Throughout the session, the teacher should monitor and give feedback to the students.

3. Cooperative learning. This type of strategy involves a small group of students with different abilities to work together so that everyone learns. Of the three strategies, this method has had the most favorable results according to research. Setting up a heterogeneous group to learn allows each member of the group to maximize their learning. In this strategy, the teacher provides the group with problems for the students to practice. Students must discuss and solve the problem as a group. Through this strategy, they will not only develop their comprehension and analysis skills, but they will also develop their social skills through constant interaction with other children.

Just a reminder to teachers, before implementing the best strategy for teaching math, they need to create a learning environment where students feel motivated to learn and comfortable in their learning setting.

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