There are many different reasons that a person is passionate about maths and there are a lot of different topics we can be passionate about. The big question is though; is there such a thing as having a passion for maths?
Maths skills are vital for everyday life from counting money to telling time to measuring ingredients. We start learning maths from an early age and don’t stop learning throughout our whole education and, essentially, our life.
Can this passion be taught?
Many people have the attitude of ‘you either get it or you don’t’. However, once a child masters the basics, it makes it a lot easier to grasp the harder concepts. The classroom shouldn’t be about memorising solutions but more about teaching a deeper understanding of maths.
Many people forget that maths is an integral part of everyday life and also many careers. Maths is essential to not only the obvious jobs, like a scientist or maths teacher, but also an architect, engineer or astronaut! Every one of these people would have had to studied maths but I bet they didn’t all love the subject.
A lot of time is spent in the classroom and this is the perfect place to start developing a passion for maths! Teachers choose their profession because they love the subject and want to pass their knowledge on. They are in the perfect position to share their passion, finding ways to make maths more creative and fun so that everyone can enjoy the subject.
So why do some people love maths so much?
- You can practice maths anywhere – sitting on the train, in a restaurant, in the car etc.
- The possibilities with numbers, equations and formulas is limitless!
- Maths is a fantastic set of tools you can use to help understand the world better.
- There’s nothing more satisfying than cracking a puzzle or coming up with the correct answer to a sum.
- It really can be fun and when you’re having fun nothing seems like hard work!
Practice really does make perfect!
Did you know that research shows that it takes at least 10,000 hours to become an expert in a particular area?
Maths is a subject that requires a lot of hard work and determination. Knowing the basics makes it easier to move to harder concepts. Repeating similar problems helps the solution stick in our brains and when presented with more difficult problems they can be tackled easier because more solutions can be pulled together.
Some children they may need a little extra help with learning maths and that’s perfectly alright! We’re not all great at everything all the time so don’t give up because maths really can be a lot of fun…
How have you created a passion for maths?