Best Practices for Teaching Elementary Math

The main moto of elementary math is to build an understanding of the subject, apply the skills, and recall the basics in the future for complex problems.

As a teacher, you want to make a difference in how students feel about the subject. When it comes to math, most students think it’s not their cup of tea. But as you are teaching elementary math, you can seed love for math in students from now.

We will see some best practices for teaching elementary math in this article.

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Experiential Learning -

Experiential learning means learning by doing. In this learning, you teach students without chalk or blackboard. There are several methods for experiential learning in elementary math.

  • You can make use of objects to teach them about counting.

  • You can make use of geoboards for teaching about shapes and basic geometry.

  • You can make a play store where students can practice their penny skills by buying small items.

  • You can arrange play-based learning activities like dice rolls, number blocks, etc.

Include Posters -

Every day seeing a poster will surely leave an impact on any student. You can put posters related to elementary math things around your classroom, and placing every concept with different frames will help students build basic understanding.

Talk with Students about Math -

While explaining any problem or concept, talk with students on each step. Doing this will let you know where the students are struggling, and you can specifically train them on those steps. And once students start to talk about the concept, they can quickly process that, which will help build their thinking. They can recall it when needed.


Remark, Improve, and Reanalyze -

While teaching, go through each student and make remarks while working on their problems. Then help them in improving on that respective step or concept. And finally, assign them some temporary problems to reanalyze whether they got cleared about the idea or not.

Keep Math Connecting with the World by Examples -

It would be best to show students real-world scenarios related to your subject, and you can explain to them some real-world problems by solving them with math. These conversations will indeed develop an interest in students for the subject.

Develop Basic Understanding -

As we already know, math is not a subject to be memorized, and it is more than just learning some formulas or theorems. That is why you have to work with your students to build a robust fundamental understanding. Whenever explaining any problem, explain to them every single possible method of the solution, then come to the direct formula for that problem. By this, you can quickly develop a conceptual understanding of the topic.

Build Anticipation and Give Rewards -

Students who do not show much interest in the subject or do not feel confident in the subject easily give up. To build anticipation on those, you can create a rewarding system. Students can earn points, receive certificates or collect badges on solving problems. You can make it weekly, like assign some work problems for a week and announce the top performer after the week. It is going to be inspiring for students.


Integrating Games into Math -

To enhance engagement and participation in the class, you must include games related to your lesson in your curriculum. Through the games, students will connect easily with the topic. Many games are available on the internet for elementary math like Dice Wars, Math Hopscotch, War of Cards, etc.

Give Relatable Assignments -

Students feel more connected to the subject when they solve a real-world problem using concepts. So when you assign work problems to them, keep them relatable with the real-world scenario. You can give them work problems related to ground renovation, house redesigning, cake distribution, etc.

Many resources and techniques are available to make math interesting for the students. While teaching, try learning new and different ways to make it more fun and develop students' interests. Try to build an understanding in students to make sense of math concepts.

Contributed by:
Edmund Hinkel