Math. I hate it. I’ve never liked it and quite frankly, I don’t think I’ll ever like it. Why you ask? Well, I don’t know, I guess I’ve never really been good at it. Unfortunately for me, as a Middle Years teachers I have no choice but to teach everything and anything. Especially in my upcoming three-week block. URGH!
Well I guess instead of drowning myself in pity I could be a grown up about it and figure why I’m not exactly thrilled about teaching math(other than the very obvious point that I don’t actually enjoy it). As I sit here and think about it, I think the biggest fear that I seem to be having is over the fact that I’ll never be able to make Math fun and engaging for students. I can only imagine that if Math was never intriguing for me, there must be so many other students who think and feel the same way that I do.
I think this must explain the reason why I decided to take on the topic of Math for my Inquiry project for my ECS class. Before I start my three week block I hope to become some sort of wizard who can just zap her students to like, understand and even want to do math. Is it possible to do these things? I guess when I think about it, math is so heavily dependent on using a textbook, but is it possible to rely less on textbook activities? Another struggle I’m likely to face is tackling students who learn in different ways. Some students learn from pictures, other words, and some numbers; can you take a concept that is so heavily based on one of those and change it into something everyone can understand. I remember asking myself why in the world I had to learn math as I was doing it in Elementary – was there any relevance into my real world? I think that’s an important concept to bring into your classroom when it comes to math; how can students apply this into the “real world”.
Currently, I am in the process of trying to find different resources to support my theories and the approaches that I plan to use in my class. I am trying to find fun math games on Pinterest, videos on YouTube and even different Math Apps that students can use on their devices.
If you happen to know anything that is helpful in getting Middle Years students engaged in Math please comment down below! That would be greatly appreciated.