Just Trying to get the Students to talk
I am a pretty experienced teacher and over the years my district has tried so many different things to improve math instruction over the years. Unfortunately, they have never committed the time, resources, and support necessary to make them successful. After about a year, they quickly move on to other initiatives. I am now at a point in my career where I can no longer teach in the traditional way. It is clearly unsuccessful and it has truly become difficult to look my students in the eye because I know that I am not doing right by them. After stumbling upon the Making Math Moments that Matter podcasts, I knew that change was possible and that there were small steps that I could take immediately to make a huge difference in my classroom.
One issue that has become more prevalent in my classroom is that the students are behaving as if they are at the theater, whether it be broadway or AMC. They show up generally on time, take there seats, and settle in comfortably for the show. They laugh at the jokes and watch quietly but they don’t actually participate. I am looking to find ways to have students more involved in ways that can be replicated daily even when I have to provide direct instruction.
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