One of my greatest frustrations in teaching is that students haven't developed good analytical thinking skills. I had a student today ask if she could get the form B of our math tests to use as a study guide. Really? Then she went on to tell me that it helps her get ready for the math tests. I tried to explain to her that learning how to do a specific type of problem before she takes a test doesn't help her better her skills, it only helps her to solve that specific problem.
Today's lesson was ratios. I use Saxon, so the title was ratios with totals. This lesson is a prime example of why kids need to work on problem solving skills. They begin reading the problem and I know that they get lost amongst all of the values given, and don't really know what to do with them. The scaffolding I provided today was extensive. Then just when I think they've got it, and I turn them loose to do some independent work, they sit and look at the problem as if it were printed in Chinese. So tomorrow, we will practice some more...
Tot School: S is for Snake
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