I believe this because I was not a good student in school, especially in math. I didn’t do much homework, but I passed the tests. That drove my teacher crazy. She always told us that the homework was practice so we could do well on the test. I made the point that I did well on the test without the homework. Since I didn’t need the practice, why do I need to do the homework?
I couldn’t figure out how math applies to my life. I never had the opportunity to see math in a real world setting. I never had the opportunity to work with my peers on difficult problems. There was no critical thinking. We came to class, took notes as she did the example problems and then went home did the problems from the textbook using our notes as a guide. Repeat every day except Friday when there was a test.
I finally had a math class in college that made me realize that math is both fun and relevant. The class was amazing, if I had his class when I was in High School, I might have a vastly different opinion of math. He would guide us to create the equations on our own, instead of taking notes from him. We would then use those equations in real life situations, like studying the structure of a bridge, for example.
I want to be like my college math teacher for my students. I want them to enjoy my class and it’s content. I believe that as long as I endeavor to give students to see and use the content imperatives in real world situations, then they will have not only a fuller understanding of the material, but be inspired to take control and become life-long learners.