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Anubanyasothon School

Jangsanit Road, Nai Muang, Muang Yasothon, Thailand

Researcher:

Acknowledgement

The researcher wish to express her deepest thanks and gratitude to the following

people who have extended their valuable time and support for making this study possible.

Without them, this case study would not have been successful. Thanks to :

Mr. Prakart Suwannaharn, Anubanyasothon Schools Director for supporting me in

this project;

Anubanyasothon Schools Assistant Directors for the moral support;

Mrs. Prenpapa Charaenporn, Anubanyasothon Schools MEP Head, for the support;

Mrs. Sunant Rueangsanam, Anubanyasothon School MEP Coordinator, for the moral

support and partner in teaching Mathematics ;

Mr. Dandel Marlon Atupan, for some ideas;

My fellow MEP teachers for the encouragement;

My students at school for the smiles;

My family, parents, and friends for the moral support;

And above all to God who gives me wisdom and good health making this project into

reality.

Teacher Mae

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Table of Contents

Page

Title page.

Acknowledgment

ii

Contents.

iii

List of Tables

iv

Abstract.

1. The Problem

Introduction

Conceptual Framework..

Statement of the Problem..

Assumption.

Hypothesis of the Study.

Significance of the Study..

Delimitation of the Study..

Definition of Terms

Review of Literature

On Teaching Mathematics

On Studies about Mathematics Teaching

On Studies of Best Practices .

Contents

Methodology

Research Design

Research Locale

The Subject/Respondents

Sampling Procedure

Research Instruments

Conduct of the Study

Management of Classes

Data gathering Procedure

The Statistical Treatment

Summary

Findings and Conclusions.

Recommendations.

References

Appendices

Page

List of Tables

Table

1

Page

Distribution of Subject-respondents According

to Academic Performance in Mathematics

2

Common Problems Encountered by students and Teachers in Teaching and

Learning Mathematics

Abstract

Mathematics

This study was realized after 5 years of teaching Mathematics both in Primary and Secondary

Level. This was through careful observation and thorough investigation on how learners learn best in

teaching Mathematics. The aim of this study was to investigate effective teaching approaches,

strategies, method, and techniques in teaching Mathematics; and to check whether the reusable

instructional material made was effective in teaching Mathematics. Secondary students from Intensive

English Program in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand and Primary Students from Mini English Program

(MEP) in Yasothon, Thailand were observed and investigated from School Year 2009-2013. The

results showed that Learners learn best in Mathematics through experiential, student-centered, and

cognitive method of teaching; and the reusable instructional material made was effective in teaching

Mathematics because students were more engaged, more interactive, and gained more conceptual

understanding in Mathematics concepts.

Chapter 1

The Problem

Introduction

Teaching Mathematics is a challenging work to do. It involves time of preparation, lesson

planning, preparing of Instructional Materials, figuring out the best and effective teaching approaches,

strategies, methods and techniques to be used and helping out influence the learners to develop love

for Mathematics. But teaching is not just a job, it is in fact more than a job since teaching is not only

to instruct students in the subject but also influences them to love learning. That is, learning to love

Mathematics.

This paper was made into reality after five years of teaching Mathematics in Thailand both in

Primary and Secondary Level. This was made by investigating the students problems and difficulties

in learning Mathematics and how to solve these problems. Some of the problems encountered by the

students were noted and based on these problems, varied teaching approaches, methods and strategies

were tried to test which ones were effective in teaching Mathematics. This is how Best Practice was

developed.

Best practice in Mathematics teaching is a serious, thoughtful, informed, responsible, stateof-the-art teaching. It involves content based knowledge at the same time gaining knowledge of the

Principles of Teaching. As you read through the following pages, you can find valuable information

that will guide you in teaching Mathematics and will help you love teaching this subject.

This study was concerned to investigate the how Mathematics students learn best.

This study was conducted in Northeast Schools in Thailand, particularly at Ave Maria School

in Srinarong Road, Muang Ubon, Ubon Ratchathani and at Anubanyasothon School,

Jangsanit Road, Nai Muang, Amphur Muang, Yasothon, Thailand From School Year 20092013.

Specifically, this study ought to:

1. Investigate effective teaching approaches, strategies, methods and techniques in

teaching Mathematics.

2. Check whether the reusable instructional material made is effective in teaching

Mathematics.

Assumption

The use of varied approaches, strategies, methods and techniques in teaching

Mathematics could enhance students understanding of the Mathematical concepts, engage

the students in the learning process, and develop in them the love for Mathematics.

Learning by doing is the most effective way of teaching Mathematics.

The results of this study will provide information regarding varied approaches

effective in teaching Mathematics that will bring important implication and insights to the

following:

The students. The students experiential learning motivates them to understand

important mathematical concepts more effectively and enjoyably, specifically on the concepts

of fraction.

The Teachers. The finding of this study will create an opportunity for teachers to find

out how well the students benefit from their instructional efforts and materials by presenting

their lesson using student-centered approach. This will enable them to better assist the

students in the learning concepts without merely requiring them to memorize a list of facts.

The School Administrators. The findings of this study will provide useful information

that will enable administrators and supervisors to determine what specific instructional

materials to be used and how instruction should be modified and paced to maximize

achievements in teaching Mathematics.

The Mathematics Department of Anubanyasothon School. The results of this study

will provide relevant information regarding varied approaches effective in teaching

Mathematics that will encourage the teachers of Anubanyasothon School

to be more

resourceful and innovative in presenting their lessons using experiential approach, studentcentered method and by using Higher order thinking skills( cognitive) approach.

The Ministry of Education. The recommendations derived from the findings of this

study could be a guiding source of significant information for the Ministry of Education

officials. They could then initiate in-service trainings and seminars in designing appropriate

teaching strategies that will provide greater focus to assist teachers to become more

resourceful and innovative in presenting their lessons in a varied ways. This hopefully should

result in a higher achievement level in Mathematics instruction in all areas of Thailand.

The Researchers. The findings of this study will also serve as reference for future

researchers who plan to conduct further study on topics related to this research.

This study was conducted in two different schools in the Northeastern part of

Thailand. One is the Secondary School at Ave Maria School in Srimuang Road, Amphur

Muang, Ubon Ratchathani and the other is a Primary school at Anubanyasothon School,

Jangsanit Road, Nai Muang, Amphur Muang, Yasothon from School Year 2009 to 2013. This

is the limitation of this study.

Definition of Terms:

learning which is translated into the classroom. It comes from the teachers own

philosophy of education, the nature of education, the role of the teacher, and that of

the student.

goal in teaching.

logical arrangement of steps. It is more procedural.

activity or task. It is the teachers particular style or trick used to accomplish

immediate objective.

Chapter 2

Review of Literature

The following review of literature is a description and summary of the research results

that inspired and guided the study. Included are the findings of the study that investigated

effective teaching Practices in teaching Mathematics and the Principles of Teaching

Mathematics.

On Mathematics Teaching

Mathematics is a form of reasoning. Thinking mathematically consists of thinking in a

logical manner, formulating and testing conjectures, making sense of things, and forming and

justifying judgments, inferences, and conclusions. We demonstrate mathematical behavior

when we recognize and describe patterns, construct physical and conceptual models of

phenomena, create symbol systems to help us represent, manipulate, and reflect on ideas, and

invent procedures to solve problems (Battista, 1999) as cited by the Alliance Education

(2006). These are the basis why and how teachers teach Mathematics.

Thailand has joined the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study

(TIMSS) which was first conducted in 1995. TIMSS reports every four years on the

mathematics and science achievement of fourth and eighth grade students worldwide. TIMSS

2011 is the fifth in the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational

Achievement (IEA)'s series of international assessments of student achievement dedicated to

improving teaching and learning in mathematics and science. Findings from the survey are

used to inform education policy-makers and to improve teaching ( The Nation, Oct. 22, 2012)

. Furthermore, The results of the world's famous international math and science

test have shown that Thai students' achievements continuous declines over the past decade

since Thailand joined TIMSS. Thai students' scores were 525 for science and 522 for

mathematics in 1995. The scores dropped to 482 (science) and 467 (maths) in 1999. Even in

2007, the scores also dropped to 471 (science) and 441 (math). Meanwhile, TIMSS average

scores were about 500 or a little more or less than 500 ( The Nation, Oct. 22, 2012).

By this report, there is a need for effective Mathematics Instruction here in Thailand .

What can Math teachers do to improve this? Teachers can do a lot. By helping Thai students

love Mathematics and by effective instruction, Mathematics teachers can help Thai students

improve their Mathematics skills and problem solving skills. This is why the author

conducted this study. The main aim of this study is to determine effective teaching

approaches, strategies, methods and techniques for effective Math teaching. This is the

authors best practice in Math teaching.

The United States of America (USA) has also conducted a study of this Best Practice

because of the poor performance of U.S. students in math. The researchers have traced it to

the method used to teach math at the elementary level. The focus is on specific problems and

not on building the foundations necessary for understanding higher level math. These

foundations can only be built with a mathematics program that teaches concepts and skills,

and problem-solving (Daro, 2006) as cited by The Education Alliance (2006).

Jaijain, a Professor from Khonkaen University, Thailand conducted a research about

the Thai Mathematics Curriculum and Mathematical Connections and have found out that the

educational curriculum in Thailand in the past was Content-based curriculum. As a result, the

teachers gave an importance to teaching based on the content by using textbooks as major

material for instructional organization because the textbooks included the determined content

in curriculum of each class. Specifically, throughout the long period of former time, Thai

educational system was the centralized system. The curricular were determined by Ministry

of education. The same total content frame was organized throughout the country. Textbooks

of different printings consisted of content covering curriculum in each level by classifying

into lessons for the teachers convenience in organize their instruction. Therefore, they were

familiar to teaching by the texts as if they were curriculum. The National Educational

Curriculum in recent time, the Ministry of Education by Department of Academic, followed

up and conducted research for curriculum development throughout the time.

In addition, the research findings found that the present curriculum was used for more

than 10 years. The curriculum use wasnt be able to develop the basis for thinking or

constructing Thai peoples learning technique in organize and life skill (Ministry of

Education, 2001). In addition to the information from the 10th issue of National Economic

and Social Development regarding to guidelines for developing human beings in Thai society,

and the focus of Ministry of Education in developing youth into the 21th century, the revision

of Basic Education Curriculum 2001 was revised in order to be core curriculum of Basic

Education 2008 with clearness both in objective of curriculum in developing the students

quality development, and skill process in putting curriculum into practice in The Educational

Service Area and schools (Ministry of Education, 2008, p.2). In practice, the movement of

curriculum into classroom didnt include the clear guidelines determined by curriculum.

In the US according to the Education Alliance (2006), Standards-based instruction in

mathematics is designed to clearly identify what students should learn at each level.

Standards provide more than a curriculum framework as they delineate the skills, concepts

and knowledge that are to be mastered. For successful standards-based implementation,

teachers must understand the rationale for using standards, know applicable national and state

standards and use them as a basis for planning instruction, and implement best practices

instructional strategies. Essential characteristics of an effective standards-based mathematics

classroom include:

Lessons designed to address specific standards-based concepts or skills.

Student centered learning activities.

Inquiry and problem solving focused lessons.

Critical thinking and knowledge application skills

Adequate time, space, and materials to complete tasks.

Varied, continuous assessment, designed to evaluate both student progress and

teacher effectiveness. (Teaching Today, 2005a)

Chapter 3

Methodology

This chapter presents and describes the research design, research locale, subject

respondents, sampling procedures, research instruments, and validation of instruments,

conduct of the study, management of classes, data collection procedure, and the treatment of

the data.

Research Design

This study was carried out by qualitative data analysis. This was done by listing down

the problems encountered during and after teaching Mathematics. Interviews were also done

from the Mathematics teachers from different schools about the effective teaching techniques

they commonly use in teaching Mathematics. Some Questionnaires were also given to the

teachers. Students Assessment results were recorded and analyzed thoroughly.

Research Locale

This study was conducted at two different schools in the Northeastern Part of

Thailand specifically Ave Maria School School ( School Year 2009-2010) in Srinarong Road,

Muang Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand and Anubanyasothon School (School Year 2010-2013),

Jangsanit Road, Yasothon, Thailand. These schools are under the supervision of the Ministry

of Education which implements the Basic Core Curriculum of Thailand.

During the study, Ave Marias Schools Director was Sister Sangwian Saensawat and

Anuban Yasothon Schools Director was Mr. Prakart Suwannaharn. Mini English Program is

headed by Mrs. Prenpapa Charaenporn, and coordinated by Mrs. Sunant Rueangsanam.

The Subject-Respondents

There are approximately 1500 pupils enrolling every year at Anubanyasothon School .

It is divided into many programs namely, English Communication for Life (ECL) and Mini

English Program (MEP). MEP is in its seventh year which has almost 2 sections in each

grade level. For this study, the subject-respondents were the Grades 4-6 students only.

At Ave Maria School, there are about 1500 students enrolling every year. The

subject-respondents observed were the Grades 7-8 Intensive English Program (IE) students.

Sampling Procedure

Table 1. Distribution of Subject-respondents according to Academic Performance in

Mathematics

1. Anuban Yasothon School

Grade Level

Male

Female

Total

Grade 4

17

18

35

Grade 5

10

11

21

Grade 6

14

19

42

43

85

TOTAL

2. Ave Maria School

Grade Level

Grade 7

Male

35

Female

57

Total

92

Grade 8

TOTAL

31

59

90

66

116

182

A. Classroom Observation.

Classroom observations were recorded and problems encountered by students about the

mathematical concepts were listed down to enable the researcher to completely capture what

was happening in the classroom focusing on the case students to check which teaching

approach, strategy, technique was effective for mathematical concepts. Ideas on how to solve

these problems are also included. (See table 2)

B. Determining Varied Approaches in Teaching Mathematics which are effective for Thai

students

Different teaching methods and strategies were tried out in each mathematical

concept and determined if those methods were effective or not in the class. According to

The Education Alliance (2006) survey, Mathematics should be taught using multiple

strategies, however, the teacher is responsible for selecting the strategies appropriate for a

specific concept. That is why the researcher tried out the following approaches and

strategies and methods: (Corpuz,et.al ,2013 Principles of Teaching)

1. Interactive-you make learners interact with you (their teacher), with their classmates

and with the learning material.

2. Innovative-Your teaching is fresh because you do introduce new teaching method/s.

You do introduce one teaching method.

3. Integrative- you connect your lesson to one another, to other disciplines and to life.

4. Inquiry Based- You ask questions and the learners look for answers.

lesson with their past experiences.

6. Varied- You dont stick to just one teaching method. You have a ready repertoire of

teaching methods from which to draw any time.

7. Experiential (hands-on, minds on, hearts- on).You engage learners in varied

activities.

8. Metacognitive- You make learners think about their cognitive and thought processes.

9. Collaborative-You make learners work together.

10. Reflective-You make your students reflect on what they have learned and how they

have learned.

C. Some Principles of teaching and learning which are found effective in teaching Math

for Thai Students are also listed down. (See Chapter 4)

Chapter 4

Presentation, Analysis and Interpretation of Data

This chapter presents analyses and interprets the data obtained from the respondents.

The presentation of results is organized based on the order of the stated problems presented in

Chapter 1: (1) Determining the effective approaches in teaching Math; (2) Check whether the

reusable instructional Materials made is effective in teaching Mathematics.

A. Observation. Based on my observation, I was able to note down some common

problems encountered by the students in learning Mathematics. (See Table 2).

B. Effective Approaches, methods, strategies and techniques in Math teaching.

Below are some of the teaching approaches, methods, techniques in Math teaching

which I found it effective. I tried out many more strategies but this 10 are the more

effective ones.

1. Interactive- Making the students interact with the teacher, with their classmates and

with the instructional material. e.g. Concept about equivalent fractions

Teacher: Why is three-fourths equal to 75/100? (Showing the instructional material)

Student: Three-fourths when multiplied by 25/25 is 75/100 so is equivalent to

75/100.

In Mathematics teaching, the author usually asked students to justify their

answer so that speaking is encouraged and critical thinking is enhanced since students

must think how they arrive to their answer and must use English words to explain.

Therefore this teaching approach encourages students to interact with their teacher,

their classmates and the learning material. Teacher also gives extra points to those

who can speak out.

This interactive approach was proven effective since students are encouraged

to interact with their teacher as well as their classmates and with the instructional

material and there were more talking in the class than merely solving the equations

which is less effective.

2. Innovative- Teaching is fresh because teacher introduces new teaching method/s.

Teacher doesnt overuse one teaching method. (e.g. using Multimedia in teaching

Math). Teaching mathematical concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication

and division, when a teacher uses multimedia such as PowerPoint, video or smart

board is proven effective. The author had observed one Thai teacher who teaches

Math using PowerPoint presentation enhances the students learning ability and enable

them to understand fully the concepts since it is explained with such animation that

captures their attention.

3. Integrative- a teacher connects his lesson to one another, to other disciplines and to

life.

Usually I use this approach when I teach Division and Fraction solving

sensing and defining the problem 2) Formulating hypothesis 3) testing the likely

hypothesis (by observing, conducting an experiment, collecting and organizing data

through normative surveys) 4) Analysis, interpretation and evaluation of evidence,

and formulating conclusion. Then I tried to give the steps on how to solve the

mathematical problem. First, is to write the given, second is to write the mathematical

sentence, third, show solution, fourth is write the answer. I have to tell them they can

construct their own knowledge and solution (Constructivism).There are many

solutions to a problem so they are free to chose which solution they like to follow. Of

course, I already gave them some techniques how to solve a problem.

4. Inquiry Based- Teacher asks questions to the students and they look for answers.

This Approach is effective since students explore, inquire and discover new learning. I

dont tell students everything they need to know rather I gave them opportunities to

inquire and discover. One best example is teaching Data Analysis and probability. I

usually give students some questions and they look for answers. They explore, inquire

and discover things.

5. Constructivism- Students construct knowledge and meaning by connecting lesson

with their past experiences. This is an effective technique in teaching Math since it

requires students prior knowledge to connect or relate to the new lesson. I usually

give students activities by grouping them and giving them some tasks to do and talk

about such as why is 3/6 is equal to 27/54, and topics such as Identifying the size of

the angles, Identifying parallel lines from Perpendicular lines, etc.

6. Varied- Teachers dont stick to just one teaching method. This is the approach I

usually use since I have to consider students learning style and I have to come up

with my lesson objectives. The best technique I use since I have to switch from one

technique to the other as the need arises. Since there must be clear understanding of

the objectives of the lesson and strategies to be used. Most of the time, I have my

lesson planning and I do use the strategy I plan to use like using 5Es instructional

model-Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate, but then I find some

students do not understand the concept yet so I have to switch to Interactive approach.

But take note, this approach needs a background of some if not all the teaching

approaches, methods, strategies and techniques in teaching.

7. Experiential (Hands-on, minds on, hearts- on)- teachers engage students in varied

activities. This approach is effective in practicing how to solve mathematical

equations, letting the students experience and recall how to solve the equation by

remembering the rules and formulas and applying it to solve the equation. In my

experience, mere memorizing of formulas and rules without understanding is less

effective for students. Thats why I always tell my students to remember the formulas

and rules by heart together with conceptual understanding.

8. Metacognitive- Teachers make learners think about cognitive and thought processes.

In most mathematical concepts, learners must use critical thinking skills to solve

mathematical equations and mathematical problems. This will help the students learn

best when the cognitive skills are used such as students memory, intelligence,

intellect and the five senses to think critically with higher order thinking skills.

9. Collaborative- Teachers make learners work together. In some of my lessons such as

solving problem involving decimals or fractions, I ask students to group themselves to

work together and share what they have understood about the lesson, then I let one

representative to report in front of the class, while the rest show or role play what they

have done in class.

10. Reflective- teachers make students reflect on what they have learned and how they

were able to learn. This is another approach which the researcher-teacher found

effective in teaching since students are given time to reflect on what they have learned

and how they were able to learn such as in Adding, Subtracting, multiplying and

dividing Fractions. After they reflect on what they have learned, teachers usually ask

them to justify their answers by speaking in English and discussing how they are able

to get their answers. By this, students have enough time to contemplate, recall and

practice the vocabulary the researcher-teacher introduce to them in each chapter of the

lesson.

Some other techniques the researcher-teacher find it useful in Teaching Mathematics for Thai

students are the following:

1. Teaching by repetition. By repeating the steps how to add, subtract, multiply and

divide numbers, students are able to remember it by heart.

2. Teaching by association. Usually learners understand easily the concepts when they

are able to experience it or associate it in their present life. If teachers teach about

parallel and perpendicular lines, teachers usually associate parallel lines to two

students standing in front in straight line. So two lines never cross each other. For

perpendicular line, I let one student do hands forward then one student do hands up so

two lines meet each other, that is perpendicular line.

3. Teaching by example- In teaching Math, teachers find it effective if teachers teach

how to solve a mathematical equation by example. Students usually follow the steps

clearly if they can see an example.

4. Teaching by translation- In teaching Math, some words in English are not clearly

understood so my Math co-teachers has to translate in Thai language so students can

understand better, or students can look over to their English-Thai Dictionary for those

words. Examples of these vocabulary words are additive inverse, Lowest Common

Multiple (LCM), simplest form, equivalent fractions, reducing fractions, Greatest

Common Factor (GCF), radius, circumference, acute, obtuse, isosceles, scalene

triangle, rhombus, pyramid, bisecting lines, etc.

Other principles of teaching and Laws of learning the researcher-teacher find it useful

in teaching Math for Thai students are the following: Some of these are things the

researcher-teacher learned from the book Principles of Teaching by Corpuz, B and G.

Salandanan (2013) as described by Thorndike in 1932.

1. Law of readiness- Students learn best when they are ready to learn. If students are

still busy doing something, they wont learn best so better stop teaching first then let

students be in their seats and be quiet for 2-3 minutes before starting a lesson.

2. Law of recency- Students learn best when it is the latest topic were discussing in

class. The past topics are sometimes forgotten so sometimes the researcher-teacher

had to remind them of the mathematical concepts theyve learned from the past.

3. Law of experience- Students learn best if they have experience such thing. So

oftentimes teachers let them practice solving problems, give them homework so they

can remember the technique and concepts in Mathematics.

4. Law of exercise- Things most often repeated are best remembered. This is also called

the Law of repetition. So in teaching Math, it is also necessary to repeat the steps on

how to divide, how to solve complex fraction problems, etc. So students can

remember the steps and they can recall easily.

5. Law of Primacy- Things learned first creates a strong impression. In this case, the

researcher-teacher had to make sure teachers teaching Mathematical concepts rightly,

not misconceptions because Students create a strong impression and remembrance the

first thing teachers teach them. It should be right at the first time of teaching.

6. Law of Intensity- The more intense the concept or material used, the more it is likely

learned. If teachers teach more on fraction, basically students learn more and best in

this topic.

C. The effectiveness of the instructional material made to enhance learning

The reusable instructional material made was found effective since more

students are more engaged in the lesson, more participative, more interactive and

more active. I used two teaching methods in testing the effectiveness of the learning

material. One is without the use of that instructional material and using only lecture

method and one is by using it through games. Then I evaluate students academic

performance. Based on the results, those students that participated in the game using

that instructional material have higher scores than those students only listen to the

teacher through lecture method. This concludes that teaching math by using

instructional materials is more effective than merely lecturing.

Chapter 5

This chapter presents the summary and findings, discusses relevant conclusions, and cites

recommendations for the realization of the objectives of this research study.

Summary

This study was realized after 5 years of teaching Mathematics both in Primary and Secondary

Level. This was through careful observation and thorough investigation on how learners learn best in

teaching Mathematics. The aim of this study was to investigate effective teaching approaches,

strategies, method, and techniques in teaching Mathematics; and to check whether the reusable

instructional material made was effective in teaching Mathematics. Secondary students from Intensive

English Program in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand and Primary Students from Mini English Program

(MEP) in Yasothon, Thailand were observed and investigated from School Year 2009-2013. The

results showed that Learners learn best in Mathematics through experiential, student-centered, and

cognitive method of teaching; and the reusable instructional material made was effective in teaching

Mathematics because students were more engaged, more interactive, and gained more conceptual

understanding in Mathematics concepts.

Based on the researcher-teacher observation, experiences, and personal interview, she found

out some common problems encountered by students and teachers in teaching and learning

Mathematics. Some common ones are the accuracy and spelling of number words, adding of

denominators when asked to add fractions which should not be, reading and writing fractions

incorrectly, language barrier problem, misconceptions, and many more. Therefore varied approaches

were tried out to solve these problems and had found out 10 effective approaches in teaching

mathematics so learners learn best. These are 1) Interactive 2) Innovative 3) Integrative 4) Inquiry

Reflective.

example and by translation. The Laws of Learning I find it effective in Math class are the

Law of readiness, Law of exercise, Law of Recency, Law of Exercise, Law of Primary and

Law of Intensity.

Recommendation

Based on the findings of this study, it is recommended to use other methods of

teaching and trying out if they are also effective in teaching Mathematics. It is also

recommended to use other grade level students as respondents to compare the results. It is the

hope of the researcher that her work with the Best Practice in Mathematics teaching will give

Mathematics teachers another tool to improve the Mathematics Education not just in

Thailand but in the whole world.

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Appendix

Table 2. Some common problems encountered by students and teachers in teaching and

learning Mathematics

Topic

Fractions

Common Problem

Some students add denominators when asked to add

fractions.

some student choose the smallest numerator to be the

biggest fraction like the example below: They choose 3

which is wrong.

7

7?

numbers

Language

Some students have difficulty in pronouncing and

understanding mathematical words and understanding

Place value

word problems.

Some students are confused with the place value of

numbers especially when theres decimal point. They

usually start in the right numbers after the decimal with

ones, then tens instead of tenths after the decimal point

then hundredths, thousandths, ten thousandths, ten

Solving Problem

Geometry

Difficulty of understanding some words therefore cannot

Difficulty in developing spatial sense.

angle, or cant differentiate rhombus from a

Statistics/Probability

Difficulty to analyze and make decisions since English

Patterns/Functions/Algebra

language is used.

Difficulty in developing and using tables, graphs and

rules to describe situations

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