Dear Parents,

To learn and teach Mathematics to children in the 21st Century, we have
to understand our personal beliefs and perceptions. It is no longer about
drilling and doing numerous mathematics exercises through assessment books and
homework.

It is through the five processes that are essential components of
learning and teaching mathematics:

**Problem Solving**– build new mathematical knowledge through problem solving**Reasoning and Proof**– develop and evaluate mathematical arguments and proofs**Communication –**talk about, write about, describe, and explain mathematical ideas to peers, teachers and others**Connections –**recognize and use connections among mathematical ideas, apply mathematics in contexts outside of mathematics**Representation –**create and use representations (graphs, symbols, charts, manipulative, diagrams) to express mathematical ideas and relationships

Through these processes, the benefits of relational understanding is
rewarding and necessary:

**Effective learning of new concepts and procedures**– actively building their existing knowledge**Less to remember**- information are**Increased retention and recall**– able to retrieve ideas through reflection of ideas that are related**Enhanced problem-solving abilities –**better understanding of relationship between a situation and a context enable use of a particular approach to solve a problem**Improved attitudes and beliefs –**positive self-concept and confidence in his/her ability to learn and understand Mathematics. “I can do this! I understand!”

With this, it’s a departure from drilling methods, assessment books and homework.

Let’s
make learning Mathematics fun and interesting!

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