Who says math has to be boring?

‘Who Says Math Has to Be Boring’

 

Math classrooms with unmotivated students suffer from two things: teachers who don’t know why they are teaching math and students who do not know why they are learning math. The lack of interest derives from the “outdated curriculums and textbooks.” Students often become convinced that they are “no good” and start to fall behind. Educators should look for ways to become more flexible and innovative with the learning process. Ranked only 30th among 65 nations, American students need improved skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines. There will be 2.4 million STEM job openings within the next five years. Even with the substantial job increase, there appears to be a decline of interest in STEM disciplines. Teachers have an extensive knowledge of their subjects; however sometimes they lack in preparation. By embracing the innovative technology advances, educators are able to help students view math as a tool and experience in the real world.  The following New York Times article discusses these issues in detail:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/08/opinion/sunday/who-says-math-has-to-be-boring.html?_r=1

 

 

 

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