Nicolas Jameson
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SHOULD MATH BE A DIFFICULT SUBJECT?

on August 17 at 10:36 AM
Teaching and learning methodologies (which are very different things) have evolved a lot, especially in these last two decades that it has been a priority of neurosciences to know how the human brain works. This has generated different interdisciplinary currents in science, which have sought to understand the mechanism of how knowledge is created, how various ideas are merged, how we assimilate information and finally how we write my paper. This has given new tools to pedagogy that have had repercussions in early education; where it has been demonstrated that the human brain in its formation, restructuring and configuration in the first 10 years, generates repercussions for life. Teaching how to learn to think and how to solve problems marks us for decision making and to see how we solve difficulties in the course not only of our academic life, but also of our personal life.


For me it is very funny and frustrating to remember how 25 years ago my grandmother used to teach me multiplication tables, which were identical to the way they taught them to me in school, by heart; that is to say that the problem was much more serious, education 25 years ago did not change much since my grandmother was taught to multiply; this makes me think that people of my age are teaching their children to multiply in the same way, by heart.

To do this article I was surfing the Internet and found that learning to multiply according to Wikipedia is a mathematical operation that consists of adding a number as many times as another number indicates, but at the school where I was taught it I don't remember it this way; I remember it by learning it by heart "the number A by the number B, is equal to the number C". So each table of each number has 30 different numbers, in different combinations, resulting in a child having to memorize 100 combinations of 300 numbers, plus it has to be in an ascending order. There were even songs, and it was quite normal for the children to sing this song in their heads while taking the test.

Within the new teaching methodologies, this encourage children to be autonomous in their studies, which seeks to strengthen the learning potential of each one. Where through a planned and individualized learning process, the student becomes confident and capable of facing real life mathematical problems on their own, using the different mathematical operations they are taught from a very young age.
But this is not as simple as it seems, some mathematics academies for children like Kumon, to name a few, specialize in this. However, not all parents of children have the purchasing power to access these academies that are usually very expensive, as I told you in my article a few days ago the newspaper El Tiempo (circulating in Colombia) has decided to publish every Monday, collectible booklets with the best practices for learning mathematics, looking for it not to be frustrating, making math a tool for everyday life. The title of this book is "Help your children with Mathematics, a unique visual guide step by step", this complement is mainly addressed to those parents who seek to be a support in the academic education of their children. The book will be delivered in 34 fascicles belonging to six sections of different degrees of complexity: Numbers, Geometry, Trigonometry, Algebra, Statistics and Probability. The covers come with the first issue free of charge. The second issue will be released next Monday, March 16th.

Finally, after a few years I entered the university to study graphic design and I was interested in semiotics, that is, how signs are created in human beings and how they interact with them in the social environment. This showed me a somewhat discouraging panorama for me, but one that brings hope for the education of the future. Although we are all born with aptitudes and gifts, with a good methodology of teaching and study at an early age, we can manage to stand out in any area of life.

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