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Mathematical Formulas of Genius Perfectionist Children

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Each child’s learning style is different according to the character of each child. In learning, each child has a different pleasure when following the subject matter. According to Howard Gardner, there are nine learning styles of children according to their level of intelligence and penchant. If we observe directly when we see children learning in class, outside the classroom, and at home then every child has a unique. Even his learning style is not found in Howard Gardner’s theory of compound intelligence.

In the following case, the problem that we will discuss is the condition of Alex’s mental development. He is a genius boy with a high learning spirit in mathematics. But in the process of learning development, Alex experienced quite complex problems. At first, Alex was very happy with the maths lesson. He fits perfectly into his teacher’s disciplined, fun, and close teaching style with students. When the subject matter, teachers, and friends support him then the development of Alex’s abilities can develop optimally.

The problem then arises during the second semester. The value of Alex’s lessons began to decrease significantly. From some lessons, all values are decreased. Even more surprising is the very ugly decline in mathematical values. Seeing the condition of the teacher and parents feel astonished, confused as to how it can happen to Alex. He was a very clever boy and always got perfect grades on all lessons, especially math materials.

What caused Alex’s math scores to become ugly?

Like the handling of previous cases, to find the cause of certain behavior changes we must establish a valid, accurate, objective, and trustworthy diagnosis. Therefore, the first thing teachers and parents should do is to work with experts to help the problem. From the results of the diagnosis with psychological observation, the following data is obtained:
  1. Alex often looks sad and moody when he enters school.
  2. Alex looks terrified when maths lessons are about to start
  3. Alex looks hesitant as mathematics lessons take place
  4. Alex began to get anxious, anxious, and cry during math lessons.
  5. Alex is a child that both parents are very eagerly awaiting because the process of getting it is very difficult and long. Both parents had to go through three IVF programs but failed. In the fourth program, Alhamdulillah finally succeeded.
  6. All of Alex’s needs are met to the fullest by his two old people.
  7. Alex is a child with high intelligence.
  8. Alex can do things systematically and is very careful.
  9. Alex is a perfectionist, disciplined, orderly, and very obedient to the rules.
  10. Alex has good creativity so it’s easy to come up with something new when facing lessons.
  11. Alex is very careful and pays attention to the quality of the tasks he does.
  12. Alex is very happy with neatness, uniform hygiene, books, and bags
  13. Alex had a co-star with a class teacher while doing maths lessons.
  14. Alex had a difference of opinion with a private tutor while studying at home.
  15. The conflict experienced by Alex is due to differences in how to do mathematical formulas taught by teachers in school, private teachers at home, and with his father.
  16. Conflict gets worse because there is no solution for Alex. He was silent because he couldn’t explain it.
  17. In Alex’s diary, it was found that the words “I’m ANGRY, I’M TIRED, I DON’T LIKE IT”.
From some of the data that has been obtained from psychological observations, we immediately assist Alex, his parents, and his teachers.

What’s the right solution for Alex?

The key problem in the above case is the difference in perception between Alex, parents, and teachers. We made a schedule for a joint discussion between Ale, the parents, and the teacher.

In the meeting, we can parse from the source of the existing problems by discussing them casually. Good communication determines whether this problem can be solved properly or not.

The first thing we describe is the explanation of the math lesson material 1 explained by the teacher. If the teacher does math material 1 using mathematical formulas in way A then the teacher also explains that it is permissible to use other ways with the condition of doing it correctly, the mathematical logic is appropriate and the answer is correct.

Second, we describe the perception of the private teacher if doing math material 1 using the formula in way B then the private teacher must also explain to Alex that it is permissible to use other means with the condition that doing it correctly, the mathematical logic is appropriate and the answer is true.

Third, we describe the fear that Alex experienced because there was a difference of opinion with his father. We discussed with his father to be willing to open up to accepting differences with Alex. Likewise, with Alex, we ask him to be able to accept his father’s opinion. The difference between father and son perfectionist is the most important point in eliminating the feeling of fear in Alex.

If two-way communication with some of the above people is done well and then the perception that arises is positive, not negative. Negative perceptions are the opinions of blaming each other, dropping each other, feeling right themselves will have an impact on Alex’s fear of problems that cause tilapia to become ugly.

The treatment given to Alex must be agreed upon by teachers and parents so that when differences of opinion arise in the future can be resolved with good communication. Good communication is very helpful for Alex in understanding the differences of opinion that occur in adults around him are a natural thing. So that Alex can accept the difference with an open mind without being accompanied by feelings of fear.

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