Maths Buddy making a difference in schools

Teaching children mathematics terminology at a young age, will result in the improvement of the subject comprehension.

Organisers of educational project My Maths Buddy One Book One Learner hope books delivered to Rethabiseng and Chokoe primary schools recently will result in a significant improvement in maths results.

The project, together with Petra Diamonds, believe the standard of maths in the country can be raised significantly by early introduction and understanding of maths terminology to learners.

Paul Sondergaard, senior consultant at the project said: “A truism in life is that if you understand something really well, it is unlikely that you would fail at it.

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The project’s sole aim is to up the understanding of the language of maths and thereby maths results in schools.”

She said the project held teacher workshops to give them tips on how to keep learners engaged in class, improve their application and thus results.

She said the workshops were held at Rethabiseng and Chokoe primary schools in Cullinan and copies of My Maths Buddy dictionary were handed out to all the learners who attended the workshops.

Grades 4 and 6 learners at Rethabiseng and 3 and 4 at Chokoe attended the workshops and learnt how to use the My Maths Buddy dictionary and discovered the importance of maths in their lives during the workshops.

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“It was a great honour for me and the learners to have the My Maths Buddy One Book One Learner project at the school. This project needs to be run throughout the province. The My Maths Buddy dictionary has made a great difference and made it easier for them to understand maths,” said principal of Rethabiseng, Mashashane Rethabiseng.

“Teachers now communicate at the right level to learners making it easier for them to understand what they are being taught using the My Maths Buddy dictionary.”

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Project manager Teresa Russell said the project wanted to reach as many schools as possible to prove that a better understanding of the maths terminology could result in the improvement of maths standards in this country.

The project is an initiative of the SA Mathematics Foundation.

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