Who's Fault? _ Is it his fault that he lacks confidence with word problems? Not entirely. Our actions, as educators, seem to imply a belief that solving word problems should come more naturally than simpler operations like arithmetic and algebra. Many parents and teachers feel justified in encouraging (i.e. forcing) a child to work hundreds or thousands of math worksheets, drill multiplication tables, long division... but few encourage solving hundreds of story problems. One suspects that the relative ease of creating and checking ordinary math worksheets keeps the focus of math education on simple, atomic operations at the expense of more holistic story problems.
Sometimes children are given maths worksheets where they have to calculate the cost of things or work out how much change should be given on items that cost ūሴ when someone hands over a five dollar bill.You could do the following: o Get them to color in and name the three items _ o If there are no pictures on the worksheet then give them a sheet of paper to draw and color the items and then cut them out and paste them onto the worksheet _ o Once they have done this try to find five dollars in change and help them count out the money and calculate what is left