The Unmatched Approach To Teaching and Learning Maths

Transform Your Child’s Math Skills with Innovative Teaching Methods: The Thinking Tools Approach

In today’s ever-evolving educational landscape, parents and teachers are constantly seeking innovative math teaching methods to enhance students’ learning experiences. The Thinking Tools approach offers a revolutionary way to master mathematics, breaking away from traditional methods that often leave students struggling and disengaged.

The Thinking Tools Approach to Math Mastery

Rethinking Traditional Math Teaching

Traditional math teaching methods rely heavily on knowledge transfer, which often fails to connect with students on a deeper level. Teachers explain formulas and methods, such as long division, which can be more about memorization than understanding. This approach leaves many learners confused and dependent on rote memory rather than true mathematical comprehension.

Emphasizing Relationships and Patterns

At Thinking Tools, we view math as a subject rich in relationships and patterns. Our method sees math as an intricate embroidery, where understanding the complex "backend" of mathematical concepts is crucial. For example, the number line is not merely a starting point but a culmination of deeper mathematical understanding.

The Pilot Chute Concept

A recent addition to our strategy is the Pilot Chute concept. This approach empowers teachers and learners to first grasp the essence of a problem, identify operations, anticipate potential pitfalls, and then determine the most effective method to reach a solution. This strategy not only aids in problem-solving but also builds self-confidence, as success is seen as part of the learning process.

Developing Mathematical Skills and Confidence

Learning Through Experience

Math, much like riding a bicycle or parachute jumping, cannot be taught through explanation alone—it must be learned through experience. At Thinking Tools, we create a safe environment where students can experiment, fail, and succeed, thereby internalizing mathematical concepts.

Scaffolded Learning

Our approach scaffolds learning from concrete experiences to abstract thinking. Students engage in 0D, 1D, 2D, and 3D thinking, guided by the structure and numbers of the problem rather than following repetitive steps.

Building Empathy in Education

Our teachers are trained to engage in cognitive, emotional, and process empathy. They understand each learner’s unique pace and challenges, ensuring that every student receives the support they need to progress.

What Sets Thinking Tools Apart

What We Don’t Do

  • We do not teach steps or algorithms for memorization.
  • We avoid rote learning and abstract methods.
  • We do not isolate math problems from their broader contexts.

What We Do

  • We build relationships and self-esteem.
  • We teach students to reason mathematically and solve problems independently.
  • We focus on creating connections and patterns, helping students understand the interrelated nature of mathematical concepts.
  • We provide concrete learning experiences, allowing students to physically interact with math concepts.

Skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Within a Thinking Tools setting, students develop essential skills for the future, including:

  • Creativity
  • Emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Critical thinking
  • Active learning with a growth mindset
  • Judgment and decision-making
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Leadership

Our approach also nurtures various types of thinking, such as additive spatial relations, multiplicative patterns, proportional logic, and more, all presented visually to enhance comprehension.

Join the Revolution in Math Education

The Thinking Tools approach is designed to transform how students learn and engage with math. If you’re ready to explore innovative math teaching methods that truly make a difference, visit the Marvelous Minds platform and discover our Thinking Tools courses. Let’s build a brighter future for your child together!

Ready to revolutionize your child’s math learning experience? Explore our Thinking Tools courses on the Marvelous Minds platform today!

Cas Olivier

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