Être bon en maths, ça s'apprend ! ... et ce n'est pas si compliqué
Tout se joue à l'école primaire
Hors collection, InterEditions
Publication: January 2020
English version coming soon!
About the book
Whether you're a math pro or not, you can give your children the keys to success!
In elementary school, the vast majority of children have good grades in math. Yet small accumulated gaps beginning the 8th grade can be devastating. For them, the rest of their schooling will be limited to applying a few "mathematical cooking recipes". The OECD keeps repeating in its studies: one's effort must focus on the primary years before the academic system can no longer help the student catch up.
Don't wait until it's too late, everything starts in elementary school!
Mathematics is neither simple nor complicated, and it is by working with it that we can understand it.
Summary of the opening
The zero gap goal.
5 basic principles to adopt. Learn with the help of what we know about the brain. Verbalize math. Follow the three steps of knowledge-building. Adopt a "simple to complex" approach. Learn from your mistakes.
5 easy to learn routines. Link repetitive exercises or drills. Try and try again with open problems. Progress from the concrete to the abstract with the help of the Singapore Method. Implement spaced repetitions. Fill out schedule-monitoring charts.
5 practical tips to apply. 10 minutes per day: why is it enough? Sleep and alertness are the keys to success. Free yourself from National Education programs. Electronics for mathematics. The basics to work on regularly.
Go even further. What neuroscience teaches us. myBlee Math: a math learning app. But wait, there's more! practical math exercise worksheets.
About the author
Laetitia Grail-Marcel has a passion for education, a field she has been working in for 20 years. A mathematician by training, she taught in France and England for over ten years, then went on to found three educational organizations. She has led the writing of textbooks. She is also the creator of myBlee Math, an interactive app based on neuroscience, the Singapore method, and using artificial intelligence to learn math in primary school. She also contributed to the report “Learning in the Digital Age” for the French National Digital Council, participated in the Torossian-Villani Commission for Mathematics, and is part of a selection jury of university consortia for the French National Research Agency. In addition, she supported the creation of the first ever French EdTech investment fund.
Quotes from the book
Because the time in class devoted to repetitive exercises is decreasing bit by bit.
I used these kinds of paper cards with my two oldest sons in conjunction with their primary school. Indeed, the training they received at school, that is to say the number of repetitive exercises carried out on the same topics, is largely insufficient. The systematic reduction in the number of hours devoted to mathematics in French primary schools is considerable: close to 4.5 hours a week today (according to the General Inspectorate of Education), it was 5.5 hours in 1995 and 6 hours in 1985. That is 1 hour 30 minutes less per week in thirty years.
At the same time, tests carried out by the French Ministry of National Education over thirty years revealed a drop in the performance of 5th grade students in arithmetic...
The State of students' levels in mathematics
French mathematical research is considered some of the best in the world. Since 1936, 13 French citizens have won the Fields medal, compared to 14 Americans, 9 Russians and 3 Brits.
Make no mistake about it, the excellence of French mathematical research, which delights us, cannot mask the disappointing results of French students in international test results.
It was wrong to simplify concepts and reduce the volume of teaching for the sake of making mathematics attractive. All of that was not necessary! Because at the same time, we give students less time to feel confident with this language, we do not allow them to practice reasoning, and by reducing the amount of exercises, we have eliminated training, which is the only chance we have to immerse ourselves in it.
What is there to say to the vast majority of people who will never use mathematics again? Apart from the need to have a mathematical background which seems essential to understand the technological world around us, mathematics has a formative role. These are not recipes for calculation, it is a culture, a huge training. The world of tomorrow asks us to understand, imagine, invent increasingly sophisticated concepts. Mathematics has an important role in learning the process of abstraction. It is essential to any process aimed at understanding, modeling and predicting real phenomena. It is difficult to explain all the issues regarding a well-rounded mathematics education in a straightforward way. A mathematical culture, like any culture, must start from solid foundations. Just as a historical culture requires knowledge of dates as a prerequisite, a mathematical culture requires mastery of basic elements of algebra, analysis, and geometry, both conceptually and on the application level.
The Singapore Method for problem solving
The Singapore math method, which we will explain in the following section, places great emphasis on problem solving. Students are encouraged to draw the problems presented to them before attempting to solve them. The Singapore Method proposes, for example, a modeling of "bar" problems. This method consists of giving...
Verbalize, reformulate, invent questions...
The principle of verbalization developed in exercise #2 is also particularly suited to problem solving. How to help your children to apply it? Show them that we...
These charts, put in place regularly, have several advantages. First of all, children love to choose. It is a pleasure to have to have a choice to make, to decide for yourself. They are more involved if they have made a choice, however small. You have made this work compulsory, but there is a margin, a choice. To do this, set up rules such as "do three activities among the given four each day" or "do each activity at least once during the week" or "choose ...
Children compare themselves to their peers early on in life and decide if they are mathematically inclined or not. Children who decide that they are not predisposed to math are likely to stick with this misconception and will not put in necessary effort. They think their talents are innate and cannot be improved upon. Carol Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford University and author of Changing Minds: A New Psychology of Success, teaches us that...
Pages :192 pages
Format :151 x 210 mm
Collection : Hors collection
Parution : janvier 2020
Marque : InterEditions
Public : Tout public
EAN : 9782729620486