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Understanding Mind Map, Lazy Students, Exams Score, Maths Test, Exams, Test

Understanding Mind Map, Lazy Students, Exams Score, Maths Test, Exams, Test

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 ==== ====Click Here For Exiting Informationhttp://tinyurl.com/88rgaad ==== ====For young math students, there is a debate about how often they should be allowed to use acalculator. On one side of the argument, people say that handheld calculators should not be usedat all until a certain age; at an arbitrary level, now students have "earned the right" or are "oldenough" to use calculators for their math homework. Looking at the other extreme, some homeschool or classroom teachers let their students use calculators for everything. What is the properway to use calculators when teaching (or learning) math? There isn't much debate about what can happen when kids to use the calculator too much, tooearly. They become dependent on it, and they get mathematically lazy. If allowed to grab thecalculator for a simple operation: 13 X 3, students can get sloppy and after making a mistake,assume the answer on the screen is the correct one. There are reasons, however, why math students should use calculators. This can be enabled byclassroom teachers or home school teachers correctly to enhance four aspects to thedevelopmental learning of math. Calculator Use Tip #1: Calculators can help in demonstrating conceptsBeing able to key in complicated numbers and operations is sometimes an advantage to learningnumber patterns or rules. The calculator can be used to prove that larger answers result whenmultiplying by increasing numbers; smaller answers result when multiplying by amounts betweenzero and one. Teachers can show patterns to repeating decimals and their relationships tofractions. When exploring linear equation function graphs, students can input different slopevalues or coefficients to see how the graphs change. The speed of the tool greatly enhances thediscovery of patterns or numeric rules. This will be an advantage in the study of Algebra, forexample. Calculator Use Tip #2: Calculators can help to apply real world applicationsWhen students need measure dimensions and apply concepts of area and volume, for example,they can use a calculator. In the real world, things are not measured in whole numbers;dimensions are in reality messy to work with and inexact. In learning a concept, students shouldfirst work with simple numbers. Then they move on into decimals and fractions as they encounterexamples of real measurements. Studying area, kids will have to work with rational amounts, andsolving problems will force them to make calculations quickly and as accurately as possible. Thecalculator can help with this, and, as part of the learning, students will discover the value ofdecimal places and significant digits. Calculator Use Tip #3: Calculators can help in estimationWhen doing a measurement problem where the distances are inexact, the calculator can help withthe answer, but how does the student know it is correct? This is an opportunity for estimation
skills. If the rectangular board measures 12.67 inches by 3.14 inches and you need to find its area,how do you know that your answer cannot be the number showing on your calculator: 72.345?Estimate by rounding the dimensions to 13 by 3 inches, and realize that your answer should beslightly more than 39 square inches. Using calculators is a prime opportunity to reinforce the skillof estimating your answer first, then doing the calculation. Calculator Use Tip #4: Calculators will be used in the work of workIsolated in the classroom or at home, math students often wonder how their current unit of studyapplies to their real world. By being allowed to use the calculator properly in their math class, theywill gain an appreciation for the great tool it is. Calculators speed up the problem solving process,but cannot think for themselves. They are only as accurate as the person whose fingers pressedthe keys and used the proper operations. If correctly developed, the use of calculators in schoolwill teach children the real world skill of using the right tool for the job. When working for a boss orfor themselves in their own business, students in the future will need to properly analyze asituation, figure out a strategy for solving a problem, use the proper tools, develop a way to checkthe answer, and clearly communicate the results. Handheld calculators or computer applicationsor programs will be an integral part of this process. The classroom experiences with a calculatorwill help students to become comfortable and competent with this powerful learning tool. Like any tool, calculators are only machines that might be misused. But if students are taught howto use them in ways that improve their future success, these technology tools will not be a crutch.Test to see if the math student can get the general idea of the concept by estimating the answer orcan verbalize the problem solving sequence. After that, they can use the calculator to do thenumber crunching or experiment with different outcomes. A good teacher can then expect hisstudents to be able to justify their results. The calculator is an integral part of this learning andthinking process. A middle school and high school classroom teacher for over 25 years, Terry VanNoy takes pride inhis ability to engage his students with creative ways of showing important concepts. He and hisstudents use a shared computer screen, whiteboard, and use text chat and live voice (like a phonecall) to work together during the instructional sessions. His online tutoring business caters tomiddle and high school students who need a confidence boost to get to the next levels and feelexcited again about becoming math students who can achieve amazing things!Terry VanNoy's class sessions, Math with Mr. V are by appointment only... Call toll free 1-877-317-3317 to arrange a free consultation! Help your child feel more successful in his or her mathclassroom.  Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Terry_VanNoy 

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