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How Important Conceptual Understanding Is


Exquil Bryan P. Aron, PhD, EPS

Iligan City Division

I was privileged enough to be one of the invited resource persons for the lecture series of the World International Mathematical Olympiad (WIMO). This was held last December 27-30, 2019 at Tokyo, Japan and was participated by the finest young mathematics enthusiasts from Australia, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines. 

I was assigned to teach arithmetic to a group of kindergarten, primary 1, and primary 2. The organizer prepared a lecture note containing the basics of commutative property of addition, adding by grouping of 10, and advanced calculations. The given exercises were no match for the computational skills of the students. It was prevalent among the students that they were able to understand the concept of arithmetic from their respective teachers. Students were not just taught how to do mathematics but also the reasons behind it. Developing conceptual understanding in math benefits our children in so many ways. Not only do they become more competent in their computational skills, but also develop confidence in their ability to solve problems of increasing complexities (Lo, 2020). That’s how learning math helps prepare kids for the future!


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