Ideas for teaching high school and middle school math. Innovative approaches that address the changing ways that today's student learns material.
 
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My school's freshman, sophomores, and juniors took the PSAT today. I took the day before to review test taking skills, complete a 25 minute practice test, and then reviewed the answer.

It is just as important to know how to take a standardized test as it is to know the material. Especially when 1/4 point is subtracted from your score for each incorrect answer. 

Layout of the class:
1) Students grabbed the attached article as they entered the classroom, read it, and highlighted key information
2) I answered questions and pointed out key information that was not asked by class
3) Students completed Section 4 of the practice they received in advisement
4) Reviewed answers
5) Answered content questions (not as much time left as I hoped...6 minutes tops)

And just to show how some of the math they have learned in the past is relevant...I showed them the expected value of their score if they were to guess on every single problem. (Keep in mind that there are usually 5 answer choices for each question)

E(x) = (-0.25)(0.8) + (1)(0.2) = (-0.2) + (0.2) = 0

So, if you guessed on every single question, you can expect a score of 0.

I wanted my students to be able to focus of the content the day of the PSAT and not be worried about the directional instructions of the test. 

The article I had my students read before starting class is shown below. If you wish to download the document, simply click the "Download" selection.

Enjoy! 

 


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Ideas for teaching high school and middle school math. Innovative approaches that address the changing ways that today's student learns material.