Memorize, memorize, memorize!
Take a quiz that is coming up for example,
students prepare for the quiz, but not for
Algebra. (Phil Daro)
Students have learned a way to pass the
class without really learning nor
Is it the students fault?
Who’s To Blame?
Teachers, principles, standards, texts, districts,
etc, are all at fault in helping students figure out
ways to master “answer getting techniques”. AKA
“clusters” (Phil Daro)
Dan Meyer also recognizes this problem. In fact,
he stated that a student can pass a math course
with just knowing how to decode a textbook.
Nope! There is no learning nor understanding
math here either.
It’s Your Fault Too!
It is difficult when even the textbooks are not
on your side.
A math classroom these days consists of
memorizing and learning methods on answer
getting that in turn, hide the math.
Math is being avoided, and that is why
students today do NOT see nor understand
See Example on page 218 Already!
First step for a change is to recognize that
today’s students are truly NOT understanding
math. They are just passing by it.
Second step is to implement ways in our
class to actively engage students in math.
One great way to do that is by making math
resemble real life. After all, math principles
are incorporated in their everyday life in
There Needs To Be a Change
There are five steps to help be on our way
to have students really understand math.
Encourage student intuition
Ask the shortest question you can
Let students built the problem
Be less helpful
Lets Do This!
It Is Possible
A math class needs to
involve math, not hide or
avoid it. It should be up
front and implemented
in the most activating,
engaging way possible.
Make sense of
persevere in solving