After almost a decade of experience with children, we strongly believe that every child is a potential math genius.
How can you Bring out your Child’s Math Genius? That is the Million dollar question.
What can motivate your children to bring out a MATH Genius in them?
Let’s ponder upon some interesting questions from the previous blog in detail!!
Have you ever heard of any parent hiring a tutor to teach video games to your children?
The answer is NO!
Have you ever thought about what motivates children to play video games for hours and hours continuously with so much focus and dedication without getting bored?
Most parents suffer from Math Anxiety for their children. Parents are more worried than children about their children’s problems. Math has always been considered as the toughest subject of all. For some children it’s fairly easy but that percentage is very low. Even if children score good marks in Math, the fear of Math still exists.
Children have no motivation to learn Math, but find the motivation to play video games for hours and hours without getting tired. Even if they are stuck at the same level, they will not complain of the video game being repetitive.
You don’t have to give them gifts/ rewards to excel in video games, there is something else which drives them automatically. Let us try to understand what is the genesis of that driving force. Where do children get the motivation to play with so much focus and dedication? In spite of video games being highly technical and more complicated than school syllabus children still excel at them.
Why do they enjoy playing video games and not studying?
The most probable answer is the sense of achievement that video games let your children feel.
The feeling is “YES, I HAVE DONE IT.”
The child knows that parents are not going to hire a tutor to teach them how to play video games, they learn on their own. There are a couple of things which are present in video games and are missing in studies, if they are incorporated, the internal motivation or driving force can be stimulated in the child.
Video games keeps children on their toes with constant challenges and that’s how they learn and enjoy themselves, by cracking those challenges. While in education, it is the teacher who does everything and there is no challenge left for the child.
Children are responsible for learning video games, whereas in the case of education ownership is missing. It is unclear whether ownership of learning is with the teacher, parent or student. In that lack of clarity the child suffers. We need to believe in our children and provide them with that ownership, we need to believe that they can learn on their own with minimal support.
Sense of Achievement:
Video games provide a sense of achievement that “Yes, I have done it” which is completely missing in education. Children fail to experience that sense of achievement in education. We need to give them space to explore the boundaries of their comfort zones and go beyond it and feel that sense of achievement for themselves.
Joy of Understanding:
Once they understand some phenomenon on their own, you can see a twinkle in their eyes which is the joy of understanding something. We cannot snatch that joy from them by spoon-feeding them everything.
The best moments in our lives, are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times—although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to attain them. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult andworthwhile”.
-Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow, The Psychology
Let us try to provide moments of satisfaction to our children instead of taking away their confidence and happiness. Once we understand the genesis of the driving force for learning, next let’s understand how it can be generated in a logical and easy way in our next blog. “how to become a math genius”.