I think it’s a waste of time trying to make mathematics easy and fun to learn if your idea of fun does not involve challenge.
Mathematics is not an easy subject and it is not easy to learn it. That is a fact. The sooner the teacher accepts this, the better for her students. The challenge to us teachers is not in how we can make math easy to learn but in how we can make it makes sense and how we can make our students love the challenge that mathematics presents. Can math be challenging if students feel that what they are expected to do in the class is to follow the teacher’s method, the teacher’s way of thinking, and the teacher’s way of doing things? Where is the fun in that?
Mathematics is not fun to learn if the idea of fun is like playing bingo! However, if ‘fun’ is a function of the challenge a sport or a game presents, then indeed learning mathematics is fun. We love a sport because of the challenge it presents, the opportunities it gives us to make prediction, analyze, strategize, make our stand and defend it, etc and not because it is easy to play!
Everything in mathematics makes sense. Everything in mathematics is connected to everything else. I think this is where we teachers should be devoting our time to.