My answer to that question and others along the lines of ‘Why do I have to learn this (usually algebra), Miss?’ is that Maths is about seeing patterns, about looking at the pattern and the data and analysing it and solving problems. It is about making sense of how the world around us works. It’s about noticing and wondering and then answering your own questions.
I then relate the current topic to something relatable to them.
I get that each student will have a different need in their future life, but at middle school level how do they know what they will need, so why limit their future by not giving a broad understanding and skills involved with maths?
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