Which subject in school do you associate most with thinking? The first that comes to mind to most mathematics teachers of course is math(s). You might be surprised to learn that for most math(s) classrooms this is not the case. When your child says they didn’t do anything in math(s) today, the research shows they’re probably right.
When it comes to subjects that promote critical thinking, mathematics stands out. However, research shows that most math classrooms struggle to prioritize this essential skill. Recent studies reveal that students often engage in “non-thinking behaviors” to avoid grappling with math concepts. In this blog, we will explore these behaviors and explain how why Number Hive can be a groundbreaking solution for you to foster critical thinking in mathematics class.
Renowned researcher Peter Liljedahl’s study, highlighted in a recent article by ‘The Conversation,’ identifies four main non-thinking behaviors observed in math classrooms:
Research spanning 15 years reveals that up to 80% of students exhibit non-thinking behaviors throughout an average hour-long math lesson. The most common behavior is mimicking (53%), indicating that teachers often do most of the thinking while students merely follow a process.
Australian researcher Tracey Muir conducted a study in 2021 with a Year ¾ class, which found that 63% of students exhibited non-thinking behaviors, with slacking and stalling being the most prevalent. These behaviors, such as rubbing out, sharpening pencils, or playing with counters, were especially prominent when students worked in unsupervised small groups.
One possible explanation for students slacking and stalling is that teachers dominate the conversation and fail to provide ample opportunities for students to think independently. To address this issue, we must build “thinking” math classrooms and reduce the prevalence of non-thinking behaviors.
Mathematics education has long struggled to foster critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and engaging learning experiences. Fortunately, Number Hive offers a shining solution. This innovative mathematics app specifically addresses the problems associated with non-thinking behaviors. Let’s delve into how Number Hive revolutionizes mathematics education:
Number Hive is a game-changer in mathematics education, addressing the challenges faced in traditional instruction and empowering students to think critically, develop problem-solving skills, and build fluency in number operations. By harnessing the power of game-based learning and problem-solving, Number Hive equips students with the essential skills needed to become confident, competent, and creative mathematicians. Give it a try in your class, and empower students to unlock their mathematical potential with Number Hive. Together, we can transform mathematics education and shape the mathematical minds of the future