id: 05948963
dt: j
an: 2011f.00166
au: Gilpin, Jeanny
ti: Wake up, because math matters.
so: Math. Teach. Middle Sch. 16, No. 1, 20-26 (2010).
py: 2010
pu: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
la: EN
cc: B63 D43
ut: student attitudes; negative attitudes; guidelines; clubs; student
participation; creative teaching; teaching methods; self efficacy;
extracurricular activities
ci:
li: http://www.nctm.org/eresources/article_summary.asp?URI=MTMS2010-08-20a&from=B
ab: Summary: This article presents the author’s story, as a teacher, about
building a Math Matters club and discusses why her students arrived at
school before first bell to participate enthusiastically. The
author’s students seemed to have a negative attitude about math. In
giving that stirring motivational speech, she apparently overlooked one
important point: Students “and adults” tend to shy away from
situations in which failure is probable. Failure can often deal a
devastating blow to the fragile psyche of an adolescent. Since feelings
of inadequacy are never pleasureable, the chance that these students
would voluntarily choose to spend additional time on math was highly
unlikely. After some careful reflection, the author determined two
reasons why her students were reluctant to attend the school’s math
lab. It seemed to be a vicious cycle. Students who did not enjoy math
did not want to spend any additional time working on it. Since they did
not spend time with math, they were not as proficient as they should
be. Since they were not as proficient as they should be, they did not
enjoy it. This article offers practical guidelines in setting up Math
Matters and in spreading the joy of learning about math. (Contains 2
figures and 8 online resources.) (ERIC)
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