Friday, April 21, 2006


I had a student come in for extra help on her math yesterday that confirmed that some of the changes that happened in class are beneficial. She said that she has always struggled in math and was never any good at it. I have been trying to tell students all semester that many of the mistakes that they make are careless math errors that do not determine whether they know the current material. She took the last test and before she turned it in to be graded, she was able to make 4-5 corrections of careless errors and improve her grade. She has come to the realization that she has a good understanding of the current math topics but struggles through the steps of the problems. We have done many things in class to try to learn how to correct careless mistakes and she is a good example of working through those problems. This has given her a skill that will help her be successful any time that she needs to get through steps to solve a problem.


Blogger Karl Fisch said...

This is great. You've helped her reflect on her own learning and develop a skill that will help her not only in math classes, but in her other classes and throughout her life.

11:07 AM  
Blogger annes said...

It would be interesting to poll your kids or do a writing assignment (shocking I know) about how they felt about math before your class and how they feel about it now. Did they see themselves grow in their understanding about math or did they see themselves grow in their understanding about how they learn best. Just a thought considering how many changes you have made to your teaching this year.

7:26 PM  

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