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Are your student calculator dependent?

Apr 3, 2015 9:28pm

I am a new (second year) High School Math teacher I teach 5 preps ranging from Geometry to Calculus. One thing I have notice in all of my classes, but especially my 8th - 10th grader is how dependent they are on their calculators. I love having them use their graphing calculator to help those visual learner. But, what I am seeing them do mainly with their calculators is adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. I do not know what made them so dependent. So, how can I get them away from this calculator dependency?

  • Math
  • 8-12
  • Class Culture / Planning


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    • Apr 4, 2015 10:14am

      I used to do some tests or quizzes where calculators were not allowed. Students would be warned ahead of time. It was good practice for the AP test where there is a "no calculator" section. Sometimes I would even have two parts to a test, a page with calculator and a page without. I agree though, they are way too dependent on calcs these days!!