“A significantly greater number of students fail science, engineering and math courses that are taught lecture-style than fail in classes incorporating so-called active learning that expects them to participate in discussions and problem-solving beyond what they’ve memorized.”
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled,
but a fire to be kindled.”
We came across, finally, a new approach to teach mathematics, science, and engineering by creating a culture of learning around inquiry, curiosity, and openness to failure. The principles behind the approach:
Effective math and science learning…
- Excites. The greatest challenges to education are disinterest and apathy.
- Cultivates curiosity. Questions and storytelling that cultivate natural curiosity are better than the threat of a test.
- Is active. Effective learning is active, not passive. Watching a video is not enough.
- Is applicable. Use it or lose it: it is essential to apply what you’re learning as you learn it.
- Is community-driven. A community that challenges and inspires you is invaluable.
- Doesn’t discriminate. Your age, country, and gender don’t determine what you are capable of learning.
- Allows for failure. The best learners allow themselves to make many mistakes along their journey.
- Sparks questions. The culmination of a great education isn’t knowing all the answers — it’s knowing what to ask.
Learn to think: give the app Brilliant a try. Brilliant built quantitative skills in math, science, and computer science with fun and challenging interactive explorations. The courses show that math, science, and computer science are – at their core – a way of thinking. not memorizing, or trying harder. Or even worse, a matter of inferior intelligence quotient.
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A Better Way to Teach Math
Solomon believes that the key to Jump’s effectiveness is the way it “breaks math down to its component parts and builds it back up.” And she notes that this “flies in the face of the way math is typically taught.”