However, there are underlying issues for math and English standards. The Common Core math attempts to emphasize “... on breaking down numbers into their component parts so that kids better understand what it means to add, subtract, multiply and divide” and includes visuals to demonstrate math concepts (NPR). However, Common Core math actually overcomplicates simple arithmetic as it requires students to explain the process behind how they reach the answer. Another concern for Common Core math standards is that it will not be able to prepare students for college by the time they graduate high school. Despite how thoroughly planned out the teaching plans for math are, “the standards set a floor, not a ceiling.
My inquisitiveness leads my interest in investigating if there is a correlation between constructivism (active learning) and students’ performance in mathematics at the middle school level. I want to know if the gap in students’ mathematical skills at the high school level is attributed to the teaching strategies at the lower level. There is a tremendous need to improve students’ performance in mathematics. Many teachers are incapable of adaptation and are non-compliant with
I like the finer things in life and I plan to have them. I go to school and work to have a better future. Describing my junior year to a stranger would be like a college student describing their junior year. Starting my career in high school is a blessing. You have a good idea of
Additionally, the lack of seriousness transitions into students being uninterested in school because they have to take unnecessarily long tests. Not only do standardized tests cause lack of school interest but they increase students stress. Having to sit through a test that impacts your grade, represents your intelligence, and future adds a lot of pressure to oneself. Overall, when standardized tests aren 't taken seriously the data collected makes it hard for educators to improve education, students lack motivation, and adds a lot of pressure to people 's everyday lives. Typically, standardized tests are multiple choice meaning students can guess for every question without understanding how to solve the problem.
This is a sad reality for many high school math students they are obsessed with the right answer. I find that the beauty of math is in the process, and if students learn to care more for that instead I think they will understand more math. While being stressed is definitely my biggest weakness in math my biggest strength would be conceptualizing problems in new ways. Often when I was in college of high school when math becomes more complex and there are more than one way to solve the problem I would enjoy exploring that. I would try and look for the most effective way to solve problems it helped me to avoid the trap of getting the right answer being the goal.
Thoreau’s belief is that people who find value in materialistic things show that they do not have the ability to rely on their own power or understanding. When it comes to these select people and technology, it seems that they turn to technology for almost everything. They do not feel that they have the ability to solve their problems without the use or possession of technology. People of this nature can be considered lazy because they are not using technology as a benefit, instead, they are using it as an alternative to using their own brain. For example, someone is doing their math homework and have to figure out what nine multiplied to the second power is.
Why the SAT and ACT Tests Should Be Banned Every junior’s worst nightmare, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT ) and American College Testing (ACT). It’s such a stressful test where you have to cram everything you have learned throughout middle and high school into one standardized test to determine your college entrance. Many students do not perform well on standardized test which pertains only of general knowledge which is unfair to many students. The students should not be penalized for poor test taking skills, stress and anxiety which may cause them to score low. College admissions should not be determined mostly by a test that does not measure a student’s potential and work ethic.
3) Elementary school teacher, Diane Holtam, explains how the racist myth that all Asians are good at math can affect Asian students in a harmful way. Teachers tend to help Asian students less at math because they assume they are excellent at math and can get their education on their own without any help. This may not be the case. We need to start realizing this, and treating the students as individuals, because they are their own person. Lyness, Arcy.
There are a millions of girls around the world that are struggling with math when they reach about 1st grade. The girls start doubting themselves and think that they can 't achieve great things at school such as in math class. Boys at a young age don’t get told that they aren’t able to do things they are usually pushed to do things in any type of situations. In classrooms boys tend to raise their hand to answer any type of question even if it’s a wrong answer while the girls just would rather sit there and hope to not be called upon. There have been researched about why girls have troubles in math or any type of classroom.
According to Alison Bell from Lexile Measure, she says “You begin to question not only your capabilities but how much you care.” Alison Bell has a good point, you can’t just force kids to take tests and be alright with it. They actually need to be motivated and that starts from home. “Some students cheat just for fun to see if they can get away with it, but most cheat because they do not have time to study and and are in time-crunch” says Christine Probett a managing professor at San Diego University. This shows how students cheat because they do not care about their grades. Their guardians or whoever they live with needs to help them be an educated person so that they could have a bright future.
I felt like the subject of mathematics was doing me wrong, like it was attacking me. I tried to drop the class but it was too late, and the best advice my counselor could give me was “try your best.” But, trying my best was not doing it. Next thing you know my grades were dropping and I knew this was not the Ramses, Mr. Kalbach would want to embody. My family was disappointed in me, but I was really trying. My friends told me, “It 's just one class,” or “Math is hard, it 's okay.” For me it was not okay, and after having a meeting with my counselor concerning my math grade, she told me “try harder next year.” So, coming into senior year I felt the same thing I felt during my first day of high school, pride and confidence.
Example of a simple math equation (Torres, 2014). I understand that teachers may use the second method to help students learn how to solve a problem. But I am not fine with a teacher marking a student for not doing it the long way. I feel as if a student knows how to do 7 + 7 by adding it using his style and it was faster their way, that a teacher should not mark the student for not doing it the long and annoying way. My Favorite math problem from common core is when they took another simple question like 29 + 11 which equals 40.