MemberApril 14, 2020 at 9:47 pm
I can definitely understand how too much information and unfamiliar terms can be overwhelming. I have been teaching middle and high school math for 14 years and I believe three lessons that have been the most beneficial for me and can transcend grade levels is to #1: Take time to complete the work you will ask students to do before assigning, including the thinking you will ask them to do during the lesson. This will help you hone in on what you are truly asking them to understand or connect ideas and assist with developing an activity that gets to the core of that understanding. #2: Try to change your focus to the students problem solving instead of just answers if you haven’t already. #3: Try to embed choice, fun, interest or gamification when you can’t figure out to make it “real world.” Just remember to reward statements and solutions that show conceptual understanding vs. correct answers answers.
I hope this was helpful but if not, feel free to disregard. I am on here learning too, hopefully so that I can create more engagement in the virtual environment when students almost expect to be passive learners. Good luck!