Essay on Educating Students And Lower Levels Of Their Education

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Throughout recent years, extensive research has been conducted into the best ways to introduce decimals to students in the younger and lower levels of their education. It has become more than evident that there are many ways to teach decimals to young children, as well as conflicting views on good and bad ways to go about this. For young people decimals can be a scary topic to tackle so going about this can be tricky at times. Decimals and denominators have been listed as the “demons of misunderstanding, confusion and fear.” (Sparrow and Swan, 2005.) None the less they are an important area of mathematics and need to be taken seriously. Like when teaching any subject a teacher must know their students abilities and ways in which each student learns and needs to be flexible in the way in which they teach this area. Throughout this essay, different suggested methods of how to teach decimals in the classroom will be highlighted and have the positives and negatives noted about the particular method as well as which type of learner each method would best suit, auditory, kinesthetic or visual.

One of the most controversial ways to teach decimals to young people is to use a calculator. By using a calculator you “move beyond procedural teaching” to a more conceptive form of teaching and learning method in the classroom. Sparrow and Swan believe that the calculator adds another dimension into the teaching of decimals and that it is a “powerful teaching aid.” By using a calculator…

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