Strategies In Teaching

Strategies In Teaching

January 4th, 2012

Teaching Strategy: Math Ideas for Upper Grades

In this week's video, we see Featured Educators Mackey and Blubaugh create a spirit of cooperation and mutual trust as their students review in groups for a test. Although group work seems to have taken a foothold in most subjects, test prep is still one of those areas where we think of students working on their own. Traditionally, this is a high-stress, low-learning activity...and this is why I find this week's video so valuable. While the review is structured and comprehensive, students are allowed to use each other, check the answers on the board, and ask their teachers for assistance. In this way, review deepens understanding rather than creating stress and worry.

I was also recently inspired by this article, which showcases a highly energized middle-school math class. "Mr. Mac" uses art, video, and rap music to get his students excited about math. Watch the videos in the article to see what can happen when there's a creative, enthusiastic teacher at the helm!