Why Is Specific Sequence is Important When Teaching Maths?

By Jasmine

Maths Teachers, Sequence, Teaching Tips

Are you struggling with your student?

At the beginning of a student’s math education, we focus on their learning of the fundamentals.  From numbers to counting, to addition and subtraction, we go in order. However as students’ progress through school, we place less emphasis on sequence. For instance, order of operations is essential to learning Algebra. However, we too often introduce the concept, then proceed full steam ahead before understanding if it has been mastered.  Learning things in this manner cause problem as lessons become more advanced.

Think of it like building a house.  If your foundation is shaky but you continue building, the house may eventually collapse.

How does proper sequencing work?

Can you remember learning how to swim?  How were you taught? Did they just throw you into to water and tell you to go for it? Or were you taught how to control your breath underwater, float, the mechanics of moving your body through the water?  While it is possible to figure out how to swim using the “sink or swim” method, it is more likely you would be successful if you taught step by step. Sequence is important when learning anything new, especially maths.

The key to successful teaching in sequential order is understanding your student’s pace. While it may take them days to learn one topic, another may take weeks. If the student is taking longer to learn, it can be tempting to rush them. Don’t. It is better to take the time now and set them up for success later. One should not be compromised for the other. Sequential learning and pace go hand in hand.

3 Tips for Teaching using Specific Sequence

1. Ask your student if the teaching pace suits them

Ask your students if they feel comfortable with the speed at which the math is being taught. Take additional time to focus on foundational concepts that they struggle with to help them master the material.

2. Frequently review previous material

Frequently review previously learned math skills with your students — if your students are learning basic multiplication, review addition with them to make sure they have mastered it. You can use our easy Maths Fact Sheets and other handy resources from our free Downloads Page to help with reviewing maths. 

3. Notice when they are frustrated

Pay attention if your children seem continually frustrated with learning math — frustration is often a sign that they have not mastered previous material and that is interfering with new learning. Learning math in sequence and at an individualised pace is absolutely crucial for success in learning.

Getting some help might be the answer

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Students can often go through the spiral approach of maths learning (the method often used in schools) and come out bewildered and confused. Many students often haven't even mastered Place Value properly, which is the first foundational lesson in the Math-U-See program. Student's often don't understand the abstract concept of numbers and need the hands-on, multisensory approach. In our Trainings, we teach you how to use a variety of hands-on tools to teach maths effectively. Perfect for intervention, those with learning differences and entire classroom curriculum.

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The Team at Maths Australia

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