“I think the child understands the concepts but is unable to calculate fast enough. Maybe the child’s understanding is not complete. Should we give practice exercises in arithmetic to help the child comprehend better? There’s an app on Khan Academy that does analytics along with generating random problems. Can we gamify the process, like a mobile app on which they can practice? Should we give more real-world problems to the child? What if we build an ML that can learn about the child? I think the problem is the curriculum; they focus on tricks. We should try Singapore math. Should we try Vedic math or Abacus?”

These were the questions and propositions that cropped up when 4 adults were ideating on how to effectively educate a child in Math.

Here’s what we arrived at –

All it takes is some time spent in understanding how a child thinks. What are the techniques that the child uses to approach a mathematical problem? Are there specific learning methods that the child finds easier than others?

And, the most important – Do we hear out the child before jumping into solutions?

Working with a group of children often makes us forget that each person is unique. As important as efficiency is, supporting a child requires an educator to invest a significant amount of time in understanding the child’s needs and being receptive to their problems. It is easy to hand out a solution or perform a series of calculations and steps that lead to the final answer, but what’s important is to check if the child is able to follow and grasp the concept instead of memorising the steps.

Quick rounds of information can save time, but if we want every child to excel, it is important that we deal our best hand to each one!

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