How Should Teachers Teach Math?
The findings in the above article are in fact no different from what British educators have found by observing classrooms in international math exams' high-scoring Shanghai as described in a previous article on this blog, How Should Teachers Teach. The work by Morgan, Farkas and Maczuga looks at students grouped according to various levels of having mathematical difficulties. Unfortunately, most classroom teachers gravitate towards student-centered activities and use of manipulatives when facing a classroom of pupils particularly challenged in math. This does not help as the above study demonstrates. Children experiencing difficulties in math need direct explicit instruction from teachers. This is a large study. It involves more than three thousand classrooms in the United States. Yet, the conclusion is the same to what was observed in Shanghai:
|Above copied from the World Economic Forum|