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Re: Advice for a new 7th grade Algebra teacher?
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Jul 12, 2005 12:10 AM


On 20050711, mikee219@bezeqint.net <mikee219@bezeqint.net> wrote: > > I've taught high school electronics for many years. I always felt that my > students math skills were quite poor. It was hard to believe that they were > spending years learning math because they surely weren't demonstrating it in > class. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, what advice does anyone have > for making class interesting? Any suggestions are most welcome. I'll be > teaching in North Carolina.
Disclaimer: I have not taught math at that level (lowest I've gone is freshman discrete math for computer engineers, not counting bringng up my kid).
Suggestion: you know a lot of algebra applications in highschool electronicsuse these examples whenever they fit the material you are supposed to teach. Most of the examples given to 7th graders are obviously bogus (even to 7th graders), so give them some real applications. You may have to choose the numbers carefully to avoid overreliance on calculators, but you probably had to do that for the high schoolers also.
Find other application areastry to motivate the material rather than just having them "sharpen tools" that they never get to use. Turtle logo programming may help with some of the material.
 Kevin Karplus karplus@soe.ucsc.edu http://www.soe.ucsc.edu/~karplus Professor of Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz Undergraduate and Graduate Director, Bioinformatics (Senior member, IEEE) (Board of Directors, ISCB) life member (LAB, Adventure Cycling, American Youth Hostels) Effective Cycling Instructor #218ck (lapsed) Affiliations for identification only.
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