How to make math important in the real world
One of my biggest struggles in teaching high school math is convincing kids that they will use math later on. I know they will use basic math skills for the rest of there life as well as problem-solving skills, but when they ask me why they have to learn to solve quadratics 3 different ways, I normally struggle to find an answer. Not only does this make it hard to motivate them, but hard to motivate myself to teach them things I don’t feel like they will use in the future. Any advice for teaching concepts that are not used much outside of strictly mathematical fields?