Best practices in teaching math to high school students
AS you may already know based on the title of this article, I am a Math teacher. Teaching math to high school students who are in their teenage life is not only fun and entertaining but also hard. A teacher for many years like me hereby gathered the best practices of teaching math to high school students from online to inspire and encourage other math teachers like me to continue doing this noble work that we got ourselves committed to. As for the rest of the articles that I will also share, it is my hope that my fellow teachers out there as well as math high school students reading Panay News or my articles will learn from.
As in any subject, there are several different ways – instructional strategies and practices that math teachers can use in high school that it is a matter of finding which ones work best for you and your group of high school math students for the particular academic year. I believe that teaching differs because in each particular academic year, students are not the same. It is our job to innovate with our styles and strategies to match our students’ needs.
Here are some best practices for teaching high school mathematics that are applicable to many of your students. The main thrust of these practices is for you to attend to what your students can do and how they describe what they know consistently and persistently during the year. Keep coming back to prior topics to see if students’ ideas have changed since students’ performance in any single day does not indicate they have learned. Learning is the accumulation of long-term change in what students know and can do.
First, teach big ideas rather than 180 disconnected lessons. A big idea takes more than a day to each, and is a deliberate collection of smaller ideas that fit within a lesson. This allows students to have more interconnected schema and requires students to retrieve information from earlier in the year while making connections between topics. We have some examples of big ideas for high school math in our open-source curriculum. Note that it is possible to attend to the details of a calculation that novices find hard to follow, while maintaining a focus on the larger mathematical principles at play.
Second, use instructional routines that support all of your students in having access to the mathematics. Instructional routines shift the cognitive load for students as they focus