When students think “fun,” memories of math class likely won’t be the first to pop into their heads. But that doesn’t have to be the case.
There are approaches and exercises, with and without computers, that can enliven your math lessons.
They learn from it every day, but most young students don’t understand its inner-workings nor the effects it has on them.
That’s why educating them about mass media is an important, albeit challenging, task. The challenge lies in the fact that each distinct medium is complex and many curricula don’t dedicate fleshed-out units to teaching media literacy.
Mental math isn’t explicitly part of most curricula, but students who can’t answer relatively-simple equations in their heads with speed or automaticity will likely struggle with harder content.
For example, an oft-cited study of a 1st grade class found that students who quickly recall addition facts had more cognitive resources to learn other skills and concepts.
No single teaching approach will engage each student at once, but building a strategy to consistently deliver culturally-responsive lessons will help you appeal to diverse learners with distinct backgrounds.
Rooted in differentiated instruction principles, culturally-responsive pedagogy aims to link content — from delivery to assessment — with students’ ancestral and contemporary cultures.
To augment their understanding and responsiveness, this involves:
You may have learned about Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DoK) from a theoretical standpoint, but many teachers feel they’re missing a puzzle piece.
That’s because there are hurdles to consistently applying each of the pedagogy’s four levels in your classroom, from recall and reproduction to extended critical thinking. Above all, it demands creativity and calculated preparation to deliver engaging tasks that range in complexity, while providing scaffolding.
You sit at your desk, ready to put a math quiz, test or activity together. The questions flow onto the document until you hit a section for word problems.
A jolt of creativity would help. But it doesn’t come.
This resource is your jolt of creativity. It provides examples and templates of math word problems for 1st to 8th grade classes.