Sunday, 6 October 2013

It's the last session!! Wo Hoo!! today we had a quiz. Unexpected but yeah it's done and over :) The quiz is about setting question that suit with the working statement indicated. through this activity i have learnt the importance of language. it is important for the setter to ensure proper sentence structure to allow clarity and appropriate interpretation.

Lesson learnt!!
***DO NOT TEACH CHILDREN TO FIND KEYWORDS STRATEGY. TEACH CHILDREN TO UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION INSTEAD.
*** WHEN TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT SHAPE, ENSURE THAT THE SHAPE IS NOT 3D. IF IT IS 3D THE TERM IS DIFFERENT. DO NOT CONFUSE THE CHILD!

I forgot to mention this in my previous post
Multiplication 
1. equal group
2. Comparison (4 more than, 4X as many as)
3. Array model
4. combination
5. rate (3km per hour continue at the same rate)

Division
1. Grouping
2. Sharing

We also learn that long division is only meant for beginner children. But guess what, i still practice using those!!
When we were young, we had to remember a list of formula to find are and volume of the different shapes. as such, Dr Yeap asked, "Why is the formula to find the area of the triangle is 1/2 X b X h?"
WHY??? I DON'T KNOW! SUCH QUESTION NEVER CROSS MY MIND!!!
Nevertheless, we manage to settle with one reasoning:
Two triangle will make one rectangle. the formula to find the area of the rectangle is B X H. Thus, area of triangle is 1/2 of the rectangle: 1/2 X B X H

I shall wrap this module with a short reflection:
I have never questioned or thought of the reason behind every formula or the steps that were taught. It was all about the memory. In other words, follow blindly. Nevertheless, i enjoy doing mathematics even till now. i do not enjoy my primary school maths though. it could be because of my lack of interest and understanding. As compared to secondary school, the teacher really explained in great detail and provide much visual. I admit that i did a lot of rote learning! especially during my O level!
Through this course, i learn the importance of understanding the concept rather than the finding the solution. Young children need to see the relation and connection in order for them to agree and understand the situation. When they understand, it enhance their skills as well as evoke their interest in doing.

And lastly,
Signing off!!
Nur Liyana Sim



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