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Posted on April 19, 2013 2:28 am
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KW1091
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Why do I need to learn this?
After coming up to the board to complete a sample problem, a student in your middle school algebra class becomes frustrated when she cannot solve the problem. In her frustration she remarks Why do I have to learn this stuff, Im never going to use it anyways! After giving her several every day scenarios that require the use of algebra she is still not convinced and refuses to do her work. Now other students are complaining about the same issue and classroom participating is declining as well as student grades. How do you resolve this issue?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted April 19, 2013 4:48 pm

uteHaM
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I would start every lesson with an explanation as to which objectives you are trying to meet and why. I would also make any practice problems more relevant to their lives b changing the names in the problems to the names of your students and by creating realistic problems that they might encounter. As for the first student who asked "why it was relevant", they are obviously acting out to avoid doing the work, probably because it is too hard for them. I would take the student aside after instruction and explain it to them privately, as a tutor would, until they grasp whatever the concept you are trying to teach them is.
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erugyn
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I really like your solution and would definitely use it.
  Posted on: October 14, 2014 9:49 pm

Jenna Herberson
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I agree with bringing your students in will be more effective.
  Posted on: February 25, 2018 6:27 am

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Solution 2
Posted February 22, 2015 1:16 am

uLuqup
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Telling students real world scenarios is a great idea, but I thnk that often times allowing students the opportunity to work out real world problems themselves is even more effective. Since this case has a student that is refusing to do work, I think that it would be necessary to include these in the guided practice portion so they are forced to participate and pay attention. It may even be beneficial to bring in realia and hands-on materials (i.e. if you are talking about how fractions will be needed when students are cooking, bring in cooking supples) to "hook" the students into the idea that you are trying to portray. If these ideas are incorporated into the lesson, then more students will become engaged in the topic and less students will refuse to do the work.
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Solution 3
Posted February 18, 2015 2:13 pm

Javuna
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I don't have any solutions for the student at hand. But I do have some advice for you. I know as a student struggling in math my whole life I hated math and never felt like the teachers understood me. After watching this video my mind was blown, this is a must see for math teachers.
http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_meyer_math_curriculum_makeover
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Solution 4
Posted October 8, 2017 3:05 pm

anaXan
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It seems like this behavior is not due to students not having a purpose. The students are using this "lack of purpose" as an excuse because they either do not want to do the work or because they don't understand it. Try reteaching the lesson or grouping students to work together so they have a better understanding of the content.
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Solution 5
Posted April 23, 2013 12:21 pm

RumuVa
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I would tell the class that if you do not learn this stuff now and remember it, you will literally have to pay for it later on in life if you go to college. I will explain that if you go to college, they will have remedial courses called Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra, and Intermediate Algebra and that textbooks and all cost about $600.00 So seriously, unless you wanna quit school, you need to learn this stuff or else you're going to have to pay for it. Learn it now for free so you can pass many tests on it now and in the future, or learn it later when it'll literally cost you.
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erugyn
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I get where you are coming from but I have heard a teacher say this, with a response of well "what if I don't wanna go to college". So I am not sure it would work.
  Posted on: October 14, 2014 9:48 pm

uZaSav
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I, too, see where you're coming from, but this seems really negative. Not everyone in remediation algebra classes are there because they're lazy. Sometimes they're there because they truly don't understand the concepts.
  Posted on: October 18, 2014 11:58 pm

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