Cooperative Learning/ peer review- The purpose of this strategy would be to have the students work together to arouse curiosity and help them learn the material. Sometimes students will be more eager to learn if they are working within a small group setting. It gives them a more individualized approach to the material than in a whole class setting. They may be more motivated to participate within a small group setting. To apply this strategy, I would separate the students into multiple small groups of 3-4 students each.
Then I would assign a worksheet or problem for them to work through together. They would then have an additional problem or worksheet to work on individually and when finished use peer review to review their work. Critical Thinking- Games- Games are a great way to get students interested in any subject. The purpose of games is to appeal to children’s sense of fun and using math in a game will get the students to be interested in math. Games can range from fun whole class involvement to using technology and playing mathematics games on the computer.
To apply this strategy I would set up games for the whole class to participate in. Games could be using addition, subtraction, multiplication, etc. strategies to solve problems. If computers are available, I would also find an appropriate game for each individual student to play and practice their math skills. Interdisciplinary – Another method to get students interested in math would be do plan interdisciplinary lessons. A Math and History lesson for example would help keep kids interested by adding another level of interest.
The purpose of this strategy is to incorporate math into as many lessons as possible giving students a variety of ways and ample time to practice and find excitement in their math skills. To apply this method also helps the teacher to teach all the content that they need to teach. The teacher can create a lesson on reading a book and then incorporate a counting worksheet to find the proper nouns in the reading. A middle school teacher could use a math and science interdisciplinary lesson to teach fractions along with a lesson on solutions and chemical bonding. Direct instruction-
Another way to get kids interested is direct instruction. The purpose of direct instruction is to teach the skills for the lesson. The teacher can ultimately peek the interest of the students through the way the teacher presents the material. A way to apply this method is to present the math material in a fun, engaging way. The teacher can use visual aids on the chalkboard or even use props. The teacher can ask for students to participate at the front of the room to complete examples. The teacher can also review and help students with any areas they are struggling to make them more excited about the material.