How to Be a Better Math Teacher in 4 Easy Steps

By Jasmine


Most parents and teachers strive to always do their best. 

Teaching children at home, or teaching to a classroom of students that each have very individual needs and learning styles always engages your full attention - it may even be a little stressful!

Sometimes you just need a little help. And the great news is, there's resources out there that make teaching easier. The 4 Step Approach is one of those such resources. Its a detailed method of how to present each lesson to your student or classroom. It shows you where to start and what to do.

This method is research-proven to work. It's a master plan for success, based on research proven methodologies and has been tried and tested by thousands of Australian parents, teachers and tutors and is continuing to prove itself as an invaluable resource.

Step 1: Teacher Prepares to Teach

Watches the step-by-step instructional video and reviews the instruction material.
This shows the teacher exactly what to teach and how to teach it, as well as a few extra tips for making it easier for the student to understand.

Step 2: Teacher Teaches Lesson

Use the "Build, Write, Say" method when teaching the lesson to the student. Using the manipulatives is key to engage the kinaesthetic brain which, research proves, engages students, allows for greater understanding and retention and builds confidence.

The "Build, Write, Say" method includes teaching the topic back to the teacher. This is a key part of the 4 Step Approach, where the student says back to what has just been taught. It's great way to test their understanding and to make sure they've really got the concepts down pat.

Step 3: Student Practice

The student practices what they have been taught in the student workbook, using the manipulatives. Keep an eye on how they are working (e.g there should be no finger counting. Instead, use the manipulatives to work with numbers and touch, feel and see each maths problem).

Step 4: Student Review

Assign further review pages to reinforce what has been taught. Further practice means they will have learnt how to do that maths problem well. When mastery has been demonstrated, move onto the next lesson.

This entire process teaches to mastery. That means the student stays with the topic until they have fully learnt what is being taught. There's no point moving forward if the student doesn't understand the concept (it just means you'll have to go back and fill in those gaps - and then its much harder!)

The 4 Step Approach is part of our free Maths Australia Mega Bundle. In there, you'll get the full printable infographic of the 4 step method, as well as a bunch of other great resources including lesson planners, record sheets, math fact sheets and research-based docs.

Here's the link for the full set of FREE resources:

We've had lots of excellent feedback about these resources, so we hope you find them helpful too.

~ The Team at Maths Australia


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