mage by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

When I was 5 years old my baby sitter and I were playing math games. I enjoyed it and as I got better she wanted to see more speed. She kept saying “Do it faster!”. She meant well.

However it took the fun out of it for me and I decided to stop and go play with my toys instead.

I feel like generally we do this a lot in education and students would be much better off if the focus is on creativity and fun with the learning.

Had that always been the focus with the math games I would have naturally gotten the speed as we played more. We naturally gravitate towards fun.

The other thing that I was curious about is while pushing for speed, is it possible that we might miss something?

Founder of Firefly Semantics Corporation