Tips for Teaching Math

  • Ask your learner what skills in math they have and what they want to learn.
  • Relate math skills to daily life.
  • Can your learner:
    • Use a calculator?
    • Use a ruler?
    • Use estimation strategies?
    • As questions?
    • Balance a cheque book?
    • Read a thermometer?
    • Calculate a tip?
    • Read and interpret charts and graphs?
  • Observe and analyze the kinds of computational errors your learner makes and then teach the necessary skills.
  • Teach your learner strategies for solving word problems.
  • Stress that HOW you do a problem is just as important as the correct answer.
  • Use “hands-on” manipulatives when teaching math concepts. For example, use a ruler to measure objects, or coins to count change.
  • Encourage frequent practice so that your learner can master these skills. So often our learners didn’t understand a concept in the classroom and were left behind when the class moved on to a new skill. This time ensure success by allowing your learner time to really learn these skills.