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Posted on October 3, 2018 4:17 pm
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Change in Vocabulary
Mr. Sams is a math teacher who is enthusiastic about math. He works with kids who haven't had a good experience with the subject. Most of the students blurt out comments like "I hate math", "Math is unnecessary", "I don't understand anything", etc. He is working hard to make students change their phrases to more positive statements. It worked for some weeks but students are falling back to their old vocabulary. Mr. Sams is looking for strategies to keep students engaged with the positive phrases. What could he do to make students fall back on the positive track?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 5, 2018 1:19 am

gypyWe
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Mr. Sams can create a math jargon jar, where the students can earn a marble each time they use a positive statement related to math. This can provide the students with an incentive to work toward. If they known that they are working toward something, they will be more likely to rid themselves of the negative vocabulary and fill themselves with positive statements.
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Wow I love this solution!
  Posted on: October 7, 2018 4:57 pm

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Solution 2
Posted October 6, 2018 3:17 am

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Maybe try engaging activities that help them understand math in a problem-solving way. Maybe find an interest of theirs and apply it to your lesson. I find that application is really helpful for getting students engaged.
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Yes, getting students engaged can change their attitude.
  Posted on: October 7, 2018 4:57 pm

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Solution 3
Posted October 6, 2018 10:34 pm

Lawrence Poluchowicz
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Mr. Sams could post signs in his classroom with positive sayings about math. He could offer Positive Behavior Support incentives if his school offers it. If they do not offer PBS, he could create his own incentives in his classroom, such as a couple of extra credit points on a test. Mr. Sams' final option would be to repeat a positive phrase and when students say, "I can't do this," his reply should be, "You can."
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aLureP
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Positive sayings around the classroom are a nice reminder to students on what they could say!
  Posted on: Yesterday 12:00 am

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Solution 4
Posted October 7, 2018 1:05 pm

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Mr. Sams should implement a positive behavior reinforcement system to encourage students to use positive language.
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uvyzud
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Yes upswing positive ilanguage in the classroom will change the environment.
  Posted on: October 7, 2018 4:56 pm

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Solution 5
Posted October 7, 2018 2:36 pm

RaZyma
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I would implement some simulation or problem-based learning activities. This way, students can collaborate in a manner that is engaging and productive. This will also make math more applicable to their daily lives. While students are collaborating, I would walk around the room interact with each group by conferencing and/or scaffolding. The calling out may also be a means of avoidance or attention.
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Solution 6
Posted October 7, 2018 4:53 pm

uvyzud
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To keep the students more involved I would incorporate them in the lesson. Such as , having some of the students help teach the lesson. Sometimes students learn better when their peers explain it.
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Love this! Peers usually see things in their perspective a whole lot better than us.
  Posted on: Yesterday 12:02 am

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Solution 7
Posted October 8, 2018 12:01 am

eVeQat
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Mr. Sams Should post pictures like pyramids in his classroom. He could do a couple of lessons of why math is so important. Ask the students what would be life like without calculations.
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Solution 8
Posted Yesterday 3:41 am

yHuDeV
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I would just be consistent and maybe put positive phrases up around the room that remind them when they come into the classroom.
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Solution 9
Posted October 4, 2018 7:35 pm

ypaseR
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I think a good idea for Mr. Sams would be to show a statistical list of improvement of scores. I am sure that Mr. Sams gave his students an assessment at the beginning of the year to see where they stood. He sounds like a fantastic math teacher. I am sure his student's have improved individually. He can show them in an individual format, but he can also do an anonymous format presentation here and there that shows how awesome they are doing and reiterate how proud he is of their progress.
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Solution 10
Posted October 6, 2018 3:21 am

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It appears to me that Mr. Sams set an agreement previously with the class about positive statements. I would display on the list of classroom rules, something like, "Have a positive attitude" that Mr. Sams could address to the class when he hears such comments. If a particular student continues to make such comments, I would create a time to discuss with the student individually the difficulties they are having with the coursework. I would also try to use more manipulatives to address various learning styles.
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