Mathematical Games and Puzzles in Improving the Academic and Motivation of Pupils

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MATHEMATICAL GAMES AND PUZZLES IN IMPROVING THE ACADEMIC AND MOTIVATION OF PUPILS IN ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS III IN LABO DISTRICT IN THE PROVINCE OF
CAMARINES NORTE

EDGAR BRYAN B. NICART
Researcher

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Chapter 1

THE PROBLEM AND ITS SETTING

Introduction
Mathematics holds a dominating place in the curriculum. This is so because every sector recognizes an increasing contribution of the discipline to the progress of the modern world as well as its traditional standing as an element of humanistic and scientific education. Its importance, as the key subject is common knowledge. Mathematics has been recognized as a potent means of sharpening our competitive edge. As mandated in the Philippine Constitution, it is the duty of the schools to develop scientific and technology efficiency among the pupils and the students. Likewise, Article XIV Section 11 Educational act of 1982: “Students have the “right to receive” primarily through component instruction, relevant quality education in line with National goals and conducive to their full development as human persons with human dignity..”

Thus, it becomes necessary to evolve a strong mathematics programs in all levels. So, the teaching of mathematics should be effectively earned out so as to satisfy the national development goals. Mathematics is a multifaceted subject, limitless in extent and depth, vital for sharpening the mind of the students, and rich in the cultural import. It offers a lot of challenges to an individual. Well-known mathematicians considered it is the key to success in many of the most powerful and prestigious jobs in our highly technical society. In school, however, students find the subject dull and difficult and dreary by many. More so, Mathematics in general is even considered by many as uninteresting or boring subject if not difficult or not applicable into their daily lives. The performance of the pupil depends largely on quality of the teaching competencies of their teacher. A competent teacher learns to build effective learning situation and to select teaching methods/strategies to guarantee maximum retention and application of the learning that are achieved. According to what we read in the Educator’s Speak, strategy refers to all techniques by which the teachers structure the learning environment so that the students led to discover what they supposed to discover. Teacher’s uses a wide variety of techniques to elicit information from students. In view of this, the teacher must determine effective strategies that would suit to the interest, abilities and needs of the pupils. The researcher believes that the games could be an effective strategy in teaching secondary schools. Teachers play a vital role in the development of education. They are the molders of the youth and have given the sole responsibility of teaching the hope of the nation. It is therefore imperative that teachers must possess good qualities be it professional or personal since the task given to them is not easy but a lifetime responsibility. Committed to such responsibility, a teacher should be highly competent, efficient, effective and flexible in handling the daily battles of life. They should perform every possible means of developing the students, as well as developing themselves in the process. To top it all, teachers need to become more competitive as the call of change especially in the classroom situation has cropped out most of the challenges due to the rise of technology and the continuing growth of learners who are globally oriented. Therefore, classroom performance of teachers is a critical factor behind learning outcomes attained by students of school. Critical in a way that the best result really depends on them, once she deviate from the positive process,...
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