Maths, English, Science – Three Tips to Keep Kids Interested

The three most essential subjects at school can be a nightmare to teach and to learn about if you’re not that interested in the subject matter. Whether you’re an experienced teaching veteran or you’re just wetting your whistle as a teaching assistant, making kids understand the importance of Science, Maths and English is essential, as they will need that knowledge as they continue on in life.
So how can you make those three subjects interesting and compelling in a way that makes your students eager to learn more? Take a look at these three helpful tips for inspiration;

Science – Horrible Science, Make it Gross and Funny!

Even the most boring subjects can be brought to life with a few comical drawings or funny jokes. If you fancy yourself as a bit of an artist, you can add diagrams to your lessons to help your pupils memorise the lessons better.

English – Write your Passion

Everyone has a subject or interest they feel passionate about. By tapping into those passions and getting your students to ‘write what they know’ you can help them learn new words, correct their own grammar and weave their own stories through their work.

Maths – Use LEGOs for Fractions

LEGO building blocks are a well-known, popular and classic toy designed to spark the imagination of children. By using them in pieces to help children to understand fractions, you bring part of that fun of playtime into the classroom and allow your pupils to put their puzzle solving skills to good use.


Shanghai Maths Teachers to Improve UK Maths

Over the past few years, British maths teachers have travelled to Shanghai in the hopes of understanding what exactly it is that makes children in Shanghai so successful when it comes to receiving high maths test scores. Now it is time to see those efforts come into fruition, with Shanghai maths teachers hoping to make an improvement in children’s test scores within four years.

Using Different, Proven Methods

imagesShanghai maths teachers use a different approach to teaching, which is that every lesson is shaped to cover and concentrate on a single mathematical concept. The class does not move on until every child has mastered that lesson, making sure that each lesson is cemented in the minds of the children.

Hopes for Improvement

Teachers are due to teach children both the mathematic lesson and the law behind the approach we take towards each problem, in order to give them a better understanding of the ‘why’ we do things, as well as the ‘how’ it is done. Government officials hope that this will help children glean better results from tests and improve their mathematical skills overall. As of yet, the experiment is still only in the larval stages so it is too early to see whether or not much improvement will occur, but it could make all the difference to individual children.

Gove Punishes Parents

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Education secretary Michael Gove has announced that he will be imposing punishments for parents whose children fail to show their teachers the proper level of respect. The Minister insists that mums and dads must take the necessary responsibility for their child’s behaviour in regards to respect towards teachers, the willingness to learn and even turning up to school.

scoldIt is Mr Gove’s belief that parents who believe it should be the job of the teachers to educate and raise their children, without installing a sense of respect for their teachers in children, will find themselves on a self-destructive path of stubborn children who are unwilling to learn.

While it is important to ensure that children attend school and express a willingness to learn, perhaps penalising the parents is not the best way to go about this. Some suggest that time spent penalising parents for making sure their kids turn up at school could be better spent having personal 1 to 1 sessions with the children themselves, to learn how they view school and how to better their experience of school as a whole. It is the case of the carrot and the stick so to speak.

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Education Minister Visits Schools in Shanghai

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Nick Gibb the former Schools Minister believes that children may be falling behind children from the Eastern territories because they did not learn basic arithmetic times tables by heart. Because of recent efforts made to try different teaching methods in the classroom, to test different responses from children and to make learning more engaging for them, there has been a decline in the use of mental arithmetic and rote learning in the classroom.

It has been claimed that because of this decline, pupils have been struggling to understand the basic mathematical concepts. With practice and repetition, similar to the method used in learning a musical instrument, children can learn mental arithmetic and other maths to heart, which commits methods to their long term memory.

[redbox] math blogEducation minister Elizabeth Truss visited a collection of primary and secondary schools in Shanghai in February and in contrast to the claims Gibb has made, found that it was not the method of teaching that produced such good results, but the instant feedback between a teacher and his/her pupils. Students would receive graded homework instantly, with feedback given on their progress during lessons in the form of discussion.

Teachers engaged with the children and encouraged class discussions, with arithmetic examples increasing in difficulty across the course of the lesson. There is a great focus on one to one support to ensure that no child falls behind and this may be the problem with schools in the UK, as more and more pressure is put on teachers to handle larger classes.

Education is crucial to the essential development of young children, which is why Red Box Teachers make every effort to ensure all part time and full time supply teachers and teaching assistants find their perfect teaching job. Do you agree with Nick Gibb in that more traditional methods of teaching need to be implemented? Or do you feel that engagement and the focus on one to one support is more beneficial for the education of today’s youth? Why not let us know in the comments below, or tell us on our new Facebook page?