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Posted on February 17, 2020 6:09 pm
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Desiree Boyd
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Math Advice from Students Who Hate Math
I always wondered by students never liked math, they dread coming into the class or lesson. Is it because of the teacher and how they instruct the lesson or is it because math is hard? What are some tools/strategies/ even advice for a future math teacher to make the math lessons more appealing for my students?
 
     
     
 
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Posted February 19, 2020 6:46 pm

ehaJaT
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The more ways the teacher can present the information, the better. Students learn in many different ways and this suggests that a one size fits all will be inappropriate when instructing mathematics lessons. In addition to giving multiple means of presentation, the teacher should be giving the students multiple means of representation to express their understanding of the content.
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Janson Gunn
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I agree with this approach.
  Posted on: February 22, 2020 8:15 pm

yperyH
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I think this is great because people learn in many ways. I loved math in school and tutored kids and I found it is hard for them to understand because of the explanation process of math. But it s good to have many activities and allow students to feel comfortable to have a discussion or ask questions.
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Solution 2
Posted February 19, 2020 2:22 pm

Brittany
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Make your math lessons visual and engaging. Students need to know they can do the math and it isn't hard for them once they get it. Let your students have fun with math and they will surely show up for your class.
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Solution 3
Posted February 18, 2020 9:24 pm

agutyT
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I think it's important to make your lessons fun and interactive, speak enthusiastically, try to incorporate jokes (even if they're corny). To involve students more try writing problems on the board and have multiple students go up and race to solve it, maybe throw in a prize for them.
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Solution 4
Posted February 20, 2020 11:55 pm

yJyLep
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Math can be a hard subject to some students because of their past teachers. For example, if a student had a teacher who did not effectively teach math, the student will more likely have a negative viewpoint of math. Math can be a hard subject for some students, so some students may need extra time and help for some topics. Introducing students to resources like KhanAcademy and Kahoot can make your lessons more interactive.
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Solution 5
Posted February 19, 2020 11:28 pm

RamaJe
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I think that a lot of students tend to not like math because they are afraid of failing. As a future teacher, I think you should make sure your students know that it is okay to fail. Students think that they are not a "math person" because they were failing, but in all reality failing is just a sign of learning. I also think that you should stress to students that the how you find the answer is more important than the answer at all.
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Solution 6
Posted February 21, 2020 2:20 pm

uzaZuz
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A lot of students have an aversion to math. When math gets hard they often get discouraged and start to think they are incapable of learning math. As a math teacher, it's very important to teach your students about a growth mindset. Anyone is capable of learning math as long as you believe in your abilities. Constantly assuring students that they all can learn math if they believe that they can can help them enjoy math more.
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Solution 7
Posted February 23, 2020 3:11 am

Nykisha Davis
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Keep math instruction fun and exciting as possible, remember to encourage your students. Yes it may be difficult, but with effort and consistency you can achieve all of your math goals. I would use a lot of visual and keep is simplistic as possible and I would use manipulative and relate it to everyday things that the student encounters.
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Solution 8
Posted February 23, 2020 7:35 pm

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Try and make math lessons as engaging as possible. Use hands-on activities where students can interact.
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Solution 9
Posted February 23, 2020 8:50 pm

Alyssa Moore
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I struggled to understand math as a student, so I dreaded every math lesson/class. What changed everything is when my science teacher took me aside and explained how everyone has certain strengths--for instance, she knew I loved writing. Sometimes, when we have strengths in some subjects, we tend to have challenges in other subjects. I was good at English but found mathematics difficult. Knowing that nothing was wrong with me, that it was normal to struggle in some subjects, I was more confident in math class.
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Solution 10
Posted February 24, 2020 4:25 am

tabape
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Use hands on projects, do not give them the answer, but make them think for the answer, praise every student even when the answer is wrong, use wrong answers for examples so all students can learn. do not give extensive homework.
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Solution 11
Posted February 24, 2020 9:54 pm

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Make sure your math lessons aren't just visual, but hands on. Find or create games that will have the students work cooperatively.
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