Where is the time in the classroom to get all this accomplished? Why do we need to have 3 preps? If we cut down on the number of preps that each teacher has, would that increase the amount of time that each teacher could put into finding new ways to teach. They give a book to all the math teachers and tell the algebra teachers that they need to cover 6 chapters each semester. Where can I find the time to cover all the "necessary material" and discuss all of the areas of interest that each student wants?

A student asked one of the math teachers, "what do you do to make math fun?" This is a question that was talked about for a while. Is our job to make math fun? I think that our job is to spark some interest in using math to problem solve and show some applications, most students do not think school is fun. Students are interested in technology and I need to find ways to incorporate that into teaching more often. The problem is that students will only pick up their calculators to play games. There are so many functions that can be discovered by just looking around.

I do not think that you do have to make math fun, but rather interesting. We talked in class today about making students more responsible and also to instill the passion for learning. If you can get them passionate, you will have made it fun for them.

I agree with Adam; my word of the semester has been "passion." I think that "fun" is a loose term and that the human brain by nature wants to learn (biology teachers--can you back me up here?). In other words, kids have "fun" when they're working hard, making discoveries, and improving themselves, all of which can happen during simple exercises that do not necessarily include markers or candy.

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Where is the time in the classroom to get all this accomplished? Why do we need to have 3 preps? If we cut down on the number of preps that each teacher has, would that increase the amount of time that each teacher could put into finding new ways to teach. They give a book to all the math teachers and tell the algebra teachers that they need to cover 6 chapters each semester. Where can I find the time to cover all the "necessary material" and discuss all of the areas of interest that each student wants?

A student asked one of the math teachers, "what do you do to make math fun?" This is a question that was talked about for a while. Is our job to make math fun? I think that our job is to spark some interest in using math to problem solve and show some applications, most students do not think school is fun. Students are interested in technology and I need to find ways to incorporate that into teaching more often. The problem is that students will only pick up their calculators to play games. There are so many functions that can be discovered by just looking around.

I do not think that you do have to make math fun, but rather interesting. We talked in class today about making students more responsible and also to instill the passion for learning. If you can get them passionate, you will have made it fun for them.

Amen, Adam!

I agree with Adam; my word of the semester has been "passion." I think that "fun" is a loose term and that the human brain by nature wants to learn (biology teachers--can you back me up here?). In other words, kids have "fun" when they're working hard, making discoveries, and improving themselves, all of which can happen during simple exercises that do not necessarily include markers or candy.

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