A Strategy for Boosting Student Engagement in Math

A Strategy for Boosting Student Engagement in Math

A Strategy for Boosting Student Engagement in Math

One of the fundamental aspects of the teaching-learning process to be effective is that students face it motivated. However, it is often difficult to achieve. Especially in areas such as mathematics, where the level of abstraction is higher, a high effort of understanding by the student is required, and students do not quite understand what it is for and what applications it has in their real life. We give you five tips or strategies that you can apply to get your students to face the learning of mathematics with a positive attitude.

Discover the magic of mathematics to your students

Most students face the study of mathematics with some negativity, either because of their poor results or because the subject seems complex and abstract. It is important that you reverse this vision as soon as possible. To begin, show your enthusiasm and adopt a motivating attitude. Explain that mathematics is found in almost all the things we know: in nature, in space, in art, and even in the rhyme of poetry. And discover the beauty of the numbers. You can start the class with videos like these:


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Link math to your students’ surroundings

Showing your students, the applications that mathematics have in the real world will subtract abstraction from them and help them understand their usefulness. In this sense, it is important that you do not focus your learning through repetitive activities where the calculation is practiced or geometry is exercised out of context. It is better to raise problems linked to real-life where they must find the solution by putting into practice the concepts and processes learned and developing their mathematical skills.

Gamify the mathematics

Apply the mechanisms of the game to the activities you propose in class. You can raise a puzzle or a problem, and award recognition points or badges to the student or group of students who first solve it. The challenge will motivate your students to put their mathematical knowledge into practice. If you also group students into teams, you will foster collaborative learning and participation, develop their social skills, and facilitate them to help each other learn, driven by the desire to solve the challenge.

Attend the diversity of the classroom

If a student gets stuck on a subject, they will most likely be discouraged and delayed in learning. So, pay attention and try to help students who need reinforcement by raising activities, problems or resources that help them get out of doubt and exercise those areas or concepts that require greater effort to understand. If they see their doubts progress and resolve, they will be more motivated to learn.

Bet on formative evaluation

Evaluate the mathematical knowledge of your students in a continuous, active and interactive way. In this way, you will know their progress and you can more easily detect the concepts, procedures, and strategies that generate the most difficulties. This will allow you to redefine your classes and customize the learning of your students according to their needs and emphasizing the most difficult topics. By exercising and testing their knowledge on a frequent basis, and not only through isolated tests or exams, but they will also be aware of their mistakes, learn to overcome them, and gain confidence, which will have a more positive attitude towards learning.


6 techniques to improve student interest in learning Math


1. If you get bored teaching math. Stop immediately!

If you do not enjoy watching how children do their research, how they progress in understanding and have fun playing with them, you are not on the right track. Mathematics is not a subject “I have to give” but it is an opportunity to think, play, surprise and surprise, marvel and above all they are a challenge for thought.

2. Reflect on the needs of our students

Only a deep knowledge of the maturation processes of children (or adolescents) will allow us to create interesting environments to do mathematics. Children need to move: they will learn mathematics with movement (on Monday I will publish an entry on the subject), children need to play: they will learn mathematics with the game, children need to create: they will learn mathematics by researching,… there are infinite forms, paths, and situations in The ones that can learn math.

3. Look at the traffic light of boredom

If the traffic light is red (children are extremely bored) you are not on the right track. See if children enjoy doing math because if they don’t like it, it’s because we are doing something wrong. It will be necessary to review what and how we do it.

4. Up the mental calculation

Providing mental space with the space it deserves is to give tools to children that will be useful throughout their lives and also gain flexibility, speed and a taste for mathematics. Mental calculation is a powerful tool for learning mathematics and we cannot corner it by written calculations.

5. Power discovery

Talk to children in their language inviting them to discover the mathematical secrets as if it were an adventure. It is not a didactic trick but it is the essence of mathematics: without emotion or desire to discover there is no learning.

6. Focus on the important thing: the student

Neither curricula, nor programming, nor lessons, but we do not look at the child in front of us learning simply does not occur. They will be able to get good grades, they will be able to answer questions about an exam but the flame that every human being has inside will not light up. Remember that the goal of education is not teaching but learning.


It is usual to think that mathematics is a difficult or heavy subject and thus justified boredom in classes or failure in grades, without giving importance to the teaching of mathematics itself. But although unfortunately, they are habitual facts, which are not inescapable. Moreover, we can also improve the teaching of mathematics so that our children adore them. Mathematics is a school subject that accompanies us throughout our basic academic training, since we are very young we study mathematics. These techniques are well researched and developed to increase student interest as well as improve teaching techniques.