That's very interesting. With math, I can't get entirely away from giving assignments out of the book, but more assignments with personal connections is a distinct possibility. I teach percents, proportions, rates of change, etc in algebra class. I should be able to figure out some assignments that put each kids' life in play.
Thanks very much!
Great discussion! I've never taught high school, but I have taught elementary and middle (through 8th grade) and I'm speaking from that experience. Another thought - do your students have all the prior knowledge needed to complete assignments from the textbook? Can they read and understand the text? Many times, motivation problems are a symptom of a larger problem such as lack of background knowledge or inability to comprehend the text or directions.
I'm currently reading "Teaching Reading in Social Studies, Science, and Math" by Laura Robb (Scholastic). She provides 5-15 minute mini lessons on strategies that can make text more accessible to students. Some of her strategy lessons deal with building up requisite schema, while others are about making connections to content. This might be helpful, not just to answer your homework problem, but in general.
Yeah, I find that is a huge stumbling block for my students too. Many of the skills that we assume students have mastered may not have been learned at all. Even if students did learn a skill, they sometimes have difficulty transferring that skill into different settings and subjects. It is very different reading a math book, a science book, or a literature book.I should do a better job of teaching students how to read the textbook for information. In the back of my mind, I assume they've already learned how to do that, but that's probably not the case. Thanks, Jessica!
I should do a better job of teaching students how to read the textbook for information. In the back of my mind, I assume they've already learned how to do that, but that's probably not the case. Thanks, Jessica!