Are you a teacher who often hears students’ negative responses about Maths; Maths is boring, Maths has no connection with real life, Maths is an abstract subject, why are we studying Maths? These comments are frustrating and desperate for a Maths teacher. If you are experiencing the same and struggling to make your teaching effective and impactful, this blog is for you. This blog will share how you can teach Maths with real-life applications. Let us find out:

Hands-on Learning in Maths is essential; it enhances students’ understanding and engagement with mathematical concepts. When introducing your new topic to students, you must research and include lots of hands-on activities to grasp the concept. Below are some ideas for teaching a few mathematical concepts with hands-on experience.

- Using manipulatives for teaching various Maths topics helps learners of all ages to understand and explore mathematical concepts in concrete and engaging ways, such as fraction tiles, solid shape models, geoboard, base ten blocks, and tangrams.

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When teaching the concept of fractions, the teacher can use paper strips for students or provide fruits to cut in half and quarters. (Check this lesson on Equivalent fractions)

Estimating and measuring mass, length, and volume can be introduced in scavenger hunt activities. This adds the fun element and demonstrates the real-world relevance. of maths.

- In DIY projects, measurement and estimation skills are used. The teacher can add projects to their Specific teaching concept. For example, make a model on a particular area, build a cube or cuboid of a specific volume, etc. They make a tower using straws and sticks, exploring geometric shapes and measurements.

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- Share examples of fractions used in baking, like 1/2 cup of sugar or 3/4 cup of flour.
- Explain how doubling a recipe involves scaling up each fraction proportionally. For example, doubling a recipe that uses 1/2 cup of sugar translates to using 1 cup of sugar (2 × 1/2 = 1).

- Explain the examples of geometric patterns present in nature, like the hexagonal honeycombs of bees, the spiral arrangement of sunflower seeds, or the logarithmic spirals of seashells. (Look at the lesson: Fibonacci sequences)
- Tell students how understanding these patterns allows scientists to predict natural phenomena, like the growth of plant populations or the movement of animal swarms.

- For weather patterns, mention specific prediction models that rely on mathematics, like numerical weather prediction models that use complex equations to forecast future weather conditions.

### Averages and Percentages

Explain average use in real-life contexts, such as calculating the average rainfall in a region or the average price of a product across other stores.

- Give a detailed example of percentage composition from a packaged food label, explaining what each percentage represents (e.g., 20% sugar, 30% protein).
- Share real-life examples of using percentages, like calculating discounts or sales tax.

- Give them experience with real-world objects where they can measure circumference, radius, and diameter, like a bicycle wheel, a pizza base, or a tree trunk. (Check out this lessons: Circumference of a circle, Area of the circle)
- Also, explain how understanding measurements is helpful in various contexts, like calculating travel distance, estimating the amount of paint needed, or designing furniture.

- Expand on the paint mixing example by mentioning specific colour combinations achieved through detailed ratios (e.g., 2:1 blue to yellow for a particular green shade).
- Provide another example of ratios in real life, like mixing fertiliser for plants in specific proportions based on their needs.

- Businesses rely on maths for robust forecasting. Predicting future sales, inventory needs, and marketing campaign effectiveness all depend on mathematical models.

Explain the importance of learning mathematical concepts of data, graphs, probability, and rate, as all are helping in a future career.

- Our budgeting, for instance. Estimating grocery expenses or planning a vacation trip involves simple calculations. These discussions encourage students to plot road trip budgets based on fuel costs and distance – a practical lesson in financial literacy.

These teaching ideas give you an overview and spark your thinking towards making Maths an engaging subject for your students. You can also create your activities based on your student’s interests, as we have different styles of learners in the same classroom. Visual learners may be interested in developing posters and models; verbal learners are more interested in presenting their projects to the public.

You can also refer to online tutorials, websites, and books to get more enlightened. Math support teachers’ resources are a significant help to you. The ready-made presentations save time and effort in achieving your objective of teaching Maths effectively to your students and maintaining their interest.

You are making math relevant and engaging, fostering curiosity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills that empower your students for life. We tried to give you the best ideas for making your teaching effective so that your students see the relevance of Maths in their lives. This love of maths remains their interest in learning maths in future endeavours. You must share any questions, thoughts, and experiences in the comments. We love to hear from you. Happy teaching!