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  • 1. Why Learn Math? The answer to this is quite easy to answer, but not easy to solve.
  • 2. You “Remember” what to do right?
  • 3.  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 understanding math.  Is it the students fault? Who’s To Blame?
  • 4.  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!
  • 5.  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 math. See Example on page 218 Already!
  • 6.  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 some way. There Needs To Be a Change
  • 7.  There are five steps to help be on our way to have students really understand math. ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Use multimedia Encourage student intuition Ask the shortest question you can Let students built the problem Be less helpful (Dan Meyer) Lets Do This!
  • 8. 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. CCSS.Math.Practice. MP1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.