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Here are some tips that can help you get your students engaged right when they walk in the door.
Hook them into the lesson with an interactive activity. This activity must look and feel different from the typical direct instruction they might be used to. For example, you can give them a task using hands-on manipulatives and a real world application.
Here are a few ideas:
1. Open a lesson on symmetry by having students draw and cut out their names on a folded piece of paper.
2. Give students an activity using an algebra hands-on equation kit.
Make sure that the content is appropriate to your students' skill levels so they are successful with the task. Giving them a win early on will motivate them to continue. They'll think, "This is different. I can do this."
Find out what motivates them individually. You can start the year with a student survey to find out what motivates your students. Ask questions like, "What makes you happy?" and give them choices like positive reinforcement, compliments, stars, stickers, candy, extra free time on a computer game, etc. Once you have that information, you can incorporate it into your lesson. Have students work for the reward they've indicated is meaningful to them. Knowing your kids' individual needs and wants is key.
Do you have a question for us or a tip to share with fellow LONG + LIVE + MATHers? Let us know at #longlivemath.
Christi has more than 30 years of experience as an educator, working with every grade level throughout her career. She has worked as a special education teacher in a “pull-out” setting for preschool students, with HS students with specific learning disabilities, and as a therapeutic intervention specialist. She has also worked in an inclusion setting as both the general education teacher and as the special education inclusion teacher. Christi also has experience at the district level, working as an instructional coach before taking a position as a math coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Education.Explore more related to this author
Meagan has 10 years of classroom experience, having started her teaching career at the Texas School for the Deaf before moving to J. L. Long Middle School in Dallas ISD. In 2013, she began working as an Elementary Resource Math Teacher in Frisco, Texas, then transitioned to a Math Instructional Coach and Middle School Math Teacher at Scoggins Middle School.Explore more related to this author
Make sure that the content is appropriate to your students' skill levels so they are successful with the task. Giving them a win early on will motivate them to continue. They'll think, 'This is different. I can do this.'
Christi Sampson, Manager of School Partnerships, Carnegie Learning