How You Can Make Maths Classes Interesting and Effective

How You Can Make Maths Classes Interesting and Effective

There’s a common stereotype that Asians are ‘innately’ good at mathematics, but you will find that this is unfortunately untrue in the case of Malaysia. In 2015, a study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found the mathematics and science proficiency among 15-year-old Malaysian students to be equivalent to their peers in less economically privileged countries. Our southern neighbour Singapore was ranked first, while Malaysia was ranked 52nd out of the 76 participating nations[1]. Stereotypes of some students – and some ethnicities – being inherently ‘good’ or ‘bad’ at mathematics are unhelpful since educators should ideally aim to help each individual student attain his or her full potential. It is true that some students show up with more curiosity and aptitude for this technical and abstract subject than their peers, but it would be counterproductive to assume that their more disinterested counterparts are ‘destined’ for mediocrity. Whether you are teaching in a government school, private school, tuition centre or...
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