Do you struggle to keep the attention of your students when teaching algebra and geometry? This is a common problem in schools all over the country. We have some ideas below to help you mix things up and make learning math more fun.
- Use videos that engage the students. YouTube can be an asset to any classroom when used effectively. Whether you are showing videos of cats doing funny things or guys dispelling myths, there are many ways you can incorporate videos into your learning environment.
- Add art to your lesson. Some students are visual learners. If they can use their creativity in the classroom to learn, they will catch on a lot easier.
- Help your students find their own personal math trainer. Students process and understand material in many ways because every brain is wired uniquely. Some of them are visual learners, but others learn through hands on experiences, while there are other students that can learn just through listening. There are digital tools now available that can be fully customized to each student and help them learn the material. Not only can they practice an unlimited amount of times, but they get feedback in real time.
- Make learning into a game. Bringing competition into the classroom through fun games is a wonderful way to teach students math vocabulary, formulas, and concepts. There are several types of games you can incorporate, including “Speed Match,” “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” and “Jeopardy” types of games. Using a basic dice game is a very simple way to teach as well.
- Learn in the style of reality TV. Many middle and high school classes have used the scenarios of famous “survival of the fittest” types of shows to teach their students. In this type of game, the students must learn the material and use it to survive and help their team along the way. It is a great way to encourage working together as a team.
- Use examples from the real world. If students are having a problem understanding a formula, try to pull in an example from the real world that can help them visualize it.
- Make the students laugh. If you can make them laugh at the start of class, your students will be more likely to stay engaged throughout the entire class. Not only does laughing reduce stress, but it releases endorphins and makes the students feel good.
- Teach your students with word walls. Yes, that may sound elementary, but that is what most students went through elementary school with. Continuing it through middle school may help them feel more comfortable and retain the information better.
As you can see, there are many ways you can mix things up in your class to keep the attention of your students. Give some of these a try to see what works best in your classroom.