New Tools For Teaching Math

New Tools For Teaching Math

As a teacher, it’s your duty to ensure your students receive the best quality education available to them. But, if you’re just emerging into the profession, or switching school districts, you may find there are many things out of your control, such as whether or not your school has a sub-standard academic reputation.  You may also feel you have little influence over a student’s home life and whether it’s conducive to their finding success. Furthermore, if a student is permitted to fall behind, it will be hard for them to catch up, and you never know which point of this struggle an individual is in.

Just last year, 24/7 Wall St reviewed educational data for each state that was recorded in the 2017 Quality Counts reportreleased by Education Week. The report assessed a school district’s financial situation, student achievement, and environmental factors. Nevada state scored the lowest of all, along with Mississippi, New Mexico, Idaho and Oklahoma – creating the bottom five. Overall grade point averages in these states range from a D to a D+ with under three-quarters of seniors graduating high school. In a different assessment, Mississippi and Oklahoma also displayed plummeting math scores when compared with previous evaluations, while Nevada remained at the same low average-point.

Educators placed in these classrooms can find traditional methods of teaching and assessing a tough subject, but often, these school districts are not sufficiently funded. However, should schools petition to increase access to educational technologies, such as apps for learning and classroom computers, perhaps teachers can have a better shot at engaging their students and changing their trajectory towards more positive outcomes. In the case of math, a subject that doesn’t necessarily come easily to even the brightest of people, teachers can use educational applications to make it more intuitive for those facing challenges.

Software from providers such as Knowledgehook assesses students as they engage with various missions, and group-based problem-solving initiatives; these activities are designed to be low-pressure and entertaining all while remaining in line with district-wide curricula. This gives teachers an entry point for tackling common issues that their students are having in the classroom. Comprehensive reports from these activities are also provided to help better inform a teacher’s own instruction. Another positive aspect these apps bring is that they incentivise students to give difficult subjects their best attempt by offering prizes and ribbons, but probably the most notable factor is that basic versions of many of these programs are available for free.

If you’re concerned with disappointing academic performance, especially in subjects like mathematics, taking a more hands-on approach to assessment and adding more interactive aspects to your lessons could be the key to combatting low test scores. It can even foster students’ appreciation of school in general. It can be challenging for students to do well in class when they’re not offered the same resources as those in competing districts, but with teachers doing the legwork — with the help of learning apps — they may just see their class take in the support and aspire to greater success than ever before.

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