Hua Luogeng, a great mathematician once said， “We can employ math everywhere, in the vast universe, the small particle, the high-speed rocket, the sophisticated engineering, the ever-changing earth, the mysterious life, and the complicated daily life.”
We advocate creating a learning environment for “reality” mathematics. From students’ familiar real lives and in line with their interests, it is imperative to provide opportunities for them to observe and operate, thus offering children more access to learn and understand math from familiar things around them. By doing this, students can realize that math exists everywhere and they will find pleasure in learning it, which is one of the core tasks to roll out mathematics teaching activities in our school.
The students in Grade Three have learned the concept of perimeter and area and known how to calculate the perimeter and area of a rectangle or a square. However, we don’t think it is enough to do exercises on paper. Mathematics learning is far more than in the class, because its ultimate goal is to help people solve practical problems. In order to train students to understand that math is closely connected with life, we set up a weekend math practice activity for students to measure the length and width of the floor by themselves: Children can accurately measure the length and width of the room by choosing the applicable measuring tool and exploring the measuring routine on their own, and then they calculate the area and perimeter of that room they like best. By this practice, students can not only have deeper understandings of the two mathematical concepts of “area” and “perimeter”, but also improve their abilities of operation and practice by “using mathematics”, which are scarcely found in their peers.
English, as the major language in the “reality” mathematical practice, is used to describe the mathematical nouns and problems. The integration of math with English is designed to cultivate students’ abilities of bilingual interdisciplinary learning and thinking, and develop their practical ability. VKBS is continuously moving forward and growing up with our students. This summer, our school, on the basis of this practical outcome, will carry out the second activity of “reality” mathematics for students in Grade 3: “Flooring” in the room.
In the series of practical activities of mathematics, the students will really recognize the close connection between mathematics and life, relish fun from using mathematics, and perceive the charm of mathematics. They love math, love learning math, and love using math!