Not being able to always have top scores when Math quizzes were taken or always have the correct answer in the classroom, led me to the conclusion that I was no good at Math. If I was, it would not require so much effort to complete courses. Being a person who possesses an aesthetic mind, also factored in. My feelings towards Mathematics were influenced greatly by many people. Some of my teachers had a positive effect on me in that, they tried to show me the importance of Math and how it is applicable to my life.
For example, proponents of testing say that standardized testing has proved to be an objective way to measure student performance, allowing educators and administrators to better teach their students (Walberg). Standardized testing aims to create an even and controlled base to measure student progress, but the tests are created without the style of the classroom in mind and English-language learners or students with learning disabilities are not considered. A test that measures top-tear honors students and students still learning English on the same scale is erroneous at an institutional level. Also, supporters say that the tests encourage students to achieve goals beyond their current academic standing. A study on U.S students found that when required to pass a standardized test in order to graduate, students spent more time on school related tasks like completing schoolwork and discussing topics with their parents (Walberg).
In addition, a testing scholar and economist, Richard P. Phelps argued that while standardized tests do not create perfect results, they are used because they "provide information whose benefits outweigh any cost and imprecision" (Use of Standardized). This statement reveals that standardized testing is the only viable and realistic approach to acquiring data about student learning. This data can be easily and effectively compared against itself to determine an increase or decrease from prior years, or against other districts to determine the relative health of a school system. Without standardized testing, policy-makers would rely on teacher grading, of which Phelps claims is "more likely to be idiosyncratic and
These standardized testing like the SAT or ACT, make it easier to judge a student. These universities and colleges should look at the overall achievement of these students as a whole. Some students do not score good on these tests, they may be nervous and fail or they do not score high enough. These standardized testing systems are no understatement. I used The
At first glance gender difference in math cognitively may seem unexciting, however its study is necessary for anyone wishing to intellectually advance beyond their childhood. Remarkably gender difference in math cognitively is indispensable to humans today, it is important to remember that ‘most people at one point have struggled with math. Mathematics in many classrooms is based on rote and memorization skills. A classroom that can accommodate gender differences while considering individual styles and behaviors would overall have better learning results (Geist 2008). Certain theories about different gender abilities of girls and boys when it comes to mathematics have been made.
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.
Some simply try to memorize for test and quizzes. Others feel grades don’t reflect their intelligence and can make them feel worthless for a lot of students grades are taught to be so hyper-focused on grades that aren’t going to matter in the real world. If you bombed your statistics math final in 10th grade you’re not going to be expected to learn that material in college if you 're an English major. Getting good grades shouldn’t be the main focus in school, but wanting to learn and become a better educated, well-rounded person who truly is able to process the information they
An honor code can be so effective that “many schools with academic honor codes allow students to take their exams without proctors present, relying on peer monitoring to control cheating” (Source F). Despite this system, there is research that “indicates that the significantly lower levels cheating” (Source F) at schools with honor codes. This is possible because there is a peer culture that denounces cheating, making kids embarrassed to commit academic dishonesty. Such a peer culture was formed by educating the students about the value of academic dishonesty. Subsequently, the attempts made by schools with honor codes to promote the value of academic integrity have proven that when properly implemented, an honor code can be highly
Of course, we are not talking here about students whose comprehension is severely impaired, because they are usually schooled individually and have a special grading system, adjusted to their needs and abilities. But in the classrooms there are often students with less obvious disabilities, which, although less severe, can also create academic challenges. Some of them, such as dyslexia or dyscalculia, are directly related to learning and may affect the speed at which students acquire the material. Others, such as anxiety or ADHD may not only disrupt learning, but also are very likely to cause discrepancies between the students’ subject knowledge and their exam and assignment results. Whatever the reasons of students’ learning difficulties are, one thing is sure: the solution proposed by Singleton would only make their struggle harder.
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