Parenting

Why is it important to learn about mathematical thinking?

4.7k views

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Benefits of Mathematical Thinking
3. Conclusion
4. About Cuemath
5. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
6. External References

19th January 2021              

Reading time: 4 minutes

Introduction

Experts believe that the worst way to learn Math is to memorize the math formulae and concepts blindly without applying them in the right way to solve math problems.

Unfortunately, the present system in which school math is taught in India often becomes so boring for the children that they often resort to rote learning. They just try to pass their school maths exams rather than focusing on real learning.

Parquet theory pupil alarm clock pencil

Mathematical thinking is quite different than doing mathematics as typically used in our school systems. It is a way of thinking to involve mathematics to solve real-world problems. A key feature of mathematical thinking is thinking outside of the box, which is very important in today's world. 

Why is it important to learn about mathematical thinking-PDF

Mathematical thinking is quite different than doing math. Thinking mathematically and logically are similar. Learn to instill a mathematical approach in your child's thinking.

Playing math games with children and making them undergo interactive and practical maths lessons are a great way to develop mathematical thinking and creative reasoning skills in them. Here is a downloadable PDF to explore more.

📥 Why is it important to learn about mathematical thinking-PDF

Download

Mathematical thinking also improves your mind in terms of logical thinking. Logical thinking, in turn, helps children to excel in other subjects as well. It makes them a better problem-solver, which can come in handy even outside of academics.

 
important notes to remember
 
"Mathematical thinking is a way of thinking to involve mathematics to solve real-world problems. A key feature of mathematical thinking is thinking outside of the box, which is very important in today's world."
 

For making your child succeed in life, there is a strong need for developing mathematical thinking and creative reasoning skills in them. It might sound challenging at first, but with good teaching and mentoring, it is indeed possible. The development of such skills will have significant positive effects on your child.

Also read:


Benefits of Mathematical Thinking

  • Improve their math skills: The development of mathematical critical thinking abilities will enable them to understand their math lessons faster. Instead of blindly memorizing the formulae and concepts, they will appreciate the concepts at a deeper level and will remember them for a long time. It will result in a significant improvement in their math skills.

Mathematical Thinking

  • Establish a connection between theory and practice:  Once your child develops the necessary mathematical thinking and creative reasoning skills, they will correlate theory with things and situations that they encounter around them regularly. 

It will make math learning much more fun for them, and they will also acquire the habit of doing mental math, which will be quite useful in everyday life as well as in any field that they will pursue in the future.

  • Solve math problems more smartly: The biggest hurdle that children who memorize math concepts face is solving math problems, which are not straightforward or are a modification of an easy question. Children with good mathematical thinking and creative reasoning skills always have a distinct advantage in this regard.

They will break the Math problems into smaller parts and think in a creative way to arrive at a smart solution in the shortest possible time. Hence, they always stay miles ahead of the other children when it comes to answering their school math examination papers.

A girl trying to solve math problem given by the teacher

  • Better Problem-solving skills: Mathematical thinking improves the problem-solving abilities of students and helps them to evolve into logical thinkers rather than emotional thinkers. It is the basis of constant improvement, communication, and learning. It enables us to exert control over our environment through better decisions. Read more about problem-solving.

Playing math games with children and making them undergo interactive and practical maths lessons are a great way to develop mathematical thinking and creative reasoning skills in them.


Conclusion

The focus should be on conceptual learning rather than just solving questions or getting good marks in examinations. If you focus on your child's conceptual learning, they will automatically start getting good marks, and they will begin to enjoy the subject.

Start trying this with your child from a young age, and it is guaranteed that the child will reap the benefits forever.


About Cuemath

Cuemath, a student-friendly mathematics and coding platform, conducts regular Online Live Classes for academics and skill-development, and their Mental Math App, on both iOS and Android, is a one-stop solution for kids to develop multiple skills.Understand the Cuemath Fee structure and sign up for a free trial.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Mathematical Thinking?

It is a way of thinking to involve mathematics to solve real-world problems. A key feature of mathematical thinking is thinking outside of the box, which is very important in today's world.

How to develop mathematical thinking?

Playing math games with children and making them undergo interactive and practical maths lessons are a great way to develop mathematical thinking and creative reasoning skills in them.


External References

To know more about mathematical thinking, please visit this blog:

Introduction to Mathematical Thinking | Stanford Online


Related Articles
Award-winning math curriculum, FREE for a year
Get access to unlimited practice material, gamified puzzles and grade-wise worksheets
Learn More About Cuemath