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Posted on February 20, 2017 11:45 pm
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aMyvaz
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Student refuses to do math
I have a student who refuses to do math on the computer (fastmath). If I force him to, he breaks down and throws a huge fit. Any advice to get him to do the work that is mandated by the county?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted February 24, 2017 3:39 am

LuLyHa
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Have you worked with the student to determine why they do not want to do the math? Is it because they do not understand the program or because they cannot read or see the computer screen? There may be other underlying issues that you have not discovered yet. I would just have an honest discussion with the student in a teacher-student conference and ask what you can do to make FasstMath better for him.
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Jenna Herberson
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Finding out the problem does always help.
  Posted on: March 6, 2017 4:28 am

yLeQud
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i agree, you should talk to the student and see why they do not want to do that math work. if that does not work have a parent teacher conference or go to an administrator.
  Posted on: October 14, 2017 10:16 pm

rybuZy
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I agree. Do some investigative work.
  Posted on: October 16, 2017 2:28 am

rybuZy
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Right. There may be some unknown variable here.
  Posted on: October 16, 2017 3:06 am

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Solution 2
Posted February 21, 2017 9:46 pm

Robert Hendler
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You may have to use something that the student likes to motivate them. Like a pencil or positive reinforcement to promote that if they do their work they will be rewarded.
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Lynn Krivoruchka
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I agree, that having some reward for the student is a great idea. Each day he gets something small and every week he goes without a fighting and having a tantrum about doing the math, than he can get a bigger prize at the end of each week.
  Posted on: February 22, 2017 5:24 pm

asygud
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I really like this solution!
  Posted on: March 6, 2017 3:42 am

rybuZy
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That's true. Maybe the student doesn't feel motivated.
  Posted on: October 16, 2017 3:06 am

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Solution 3
Posted February 28, 2017 12:22 pm

XequMa
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Maybe you can let him work with a pencil and paper at the computer and just let him know he just needs to click the answers. Is there a way you could print out the questions for him to complete away from the computer? He will not be getting the technology integration but at least he is getting the work done. I know it is tough to have to deal with a student like this but hopefully you can get to the bottom of the problem and your days will be easier!
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Solution 4
Posted February 26, 2017 3:00 am

aZunet
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with the student, it is important to discuss why he breaks down. sometimes i've noticed people don't like the brightness of the computer screen. so if that is the issue you can get a screen dimmer. or if he is just struggling with the content see what you can do to help him feel comfortable getting on the computer.
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Solution 5
Posted February 26, 2017 7:21 pm

beTyze
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I would have to explain the importance to him. Then if he doesn't act right send a note home to his parents so they can try and handle it.
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rybuZy
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It's your job, not the parents.
  Posted on: October 16, 2017 3:07 am

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Solution 6
Posted February 26, 2017 2:39 am

uWuXyj
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Definitely talk to the student privately to see what the issue is. If it is a simple I don't want to do it, then take corrective action like lunch detention, no recess, time out, go to the principle, etc. If it is that they do not understand it, then have the school organize a learning plan for him to catch up and not get so frustrated. Keep in touch with mom and dad and make sure they are working with him so that he can continue to do better or even suggest a tutor.
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Solution 7
Posted February 27, 2017 1:05 am

Deborah Guyton
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First, find out the underlying problem, motivation, struggling reader, computer issues. Once you find out what causes his frustration, you can fix it. Maybe there is a different program that fits the same criteria?
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Solution 8
Posted March 6, 2017 3:41 am

asygud
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Rewarding the student with something small (without the knowledge of their piers). This will encourage them to want to complete the math problems on the computer.
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Solution 9
Posted July 9, 2017 5:55 pm

ePeHuG
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Give incentives to completing classwork and work one on with the student as much as possible
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Solution 10
Posted October 5, 2017 5:21 pm

yheGeS
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Maybe this student has a fear? Talk to the child and see what the problem is with working on the computer, maybe it's not math, maybe it's his comfort level with working on a computer.
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Solution 11
Posted February 22, 2018 3:33 am

tuBaZu
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I have a student who does the same thing, she refuses to do anything in math when her peers are around but if I pull her one on one she is more compliant. Allowing the student to work on paper under a timer like what was done for speed math before technology may be a good short term solution while trying to find out why the student refuses to use the program.
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Solution 12
Posted February 23, 2018 5:14 pm

abuMaH
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The student may be having difficulty understanding the math that is required. You could sit with the student and discuss the problem. Ask the student if they understand what they are being asked to do.
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Solution 13
Posted February 25, 2017 6:50 pm

nydyra
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Sometimes the math may be too difficult. In this situation, try to find alternative math that they could complete to help build their basic math skills. If the student just doesn't like math, I would try to have them work with someone. A student partner is a first choice, one-on-one with the teacher would be great (if you had any time), or if you could set something up with a specialist, perhaps another teacher who specializes in math.
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Solution 14
Posted March 6, 2017 2:12 am

beTyze
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Make math fun with games and group activities.
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Solution 15
Posted October 13, 2017 2:54 am

Xaparu
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Instead of having this student to math assignments on the computer print out the math and have him answer the questions on paper and see if his behavior changes.
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