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I teach 7th grade math in TX. I am having a huge problem this year with students not being able to apply what they know to their work. They can have their notes open and still the hands shoot up for clarification. This is after teaching, practicing, guided practice, notes....For example: They recently did percent increase and decrease. Their notes say to find the difference between the numbers and divide by the original. They stare at said notes and sit there claiming they don't know what to do. I'm at a loss.

Sep 21, 2017 12:47pm

  • Math
  • 7
  • Engagement


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    • Sep 22, 2017 12:21pm

      Yes, they do have at least one numerical example in their notes too. Most times, they have a few. I may have them glue in the guided practice, once we check it together, so they have several they can flip to and remember what they did. I am beginning to think I just need to consistently tell them to refer to their notebook, before offering help??

      • Sep 27, 2017 1:41pm

        Sounds like you have set them up well with the guided practice. Yes, you can try out reminding them to refer back to their notes before asking for help. If you still need to offer help, make sure you are referring to their example problems in their notebooks as a reference so they can continue to make the connection between what they have written down and how they can use it. Good luck!


        • Sep 29, 2017 11:40am

          It sounds like you've taken great consideration into planning for their success. You've used the structure of you modeling first, working together to practice and then them alone. Are their notes written in their OWN verbiage (personalized the way they would say/explain it back to themselves)? Are they able to pair share their work during guided practice (without the teacher)? For example, in pairs, student A talks through what s/he is doing as s/he works an example and student B follows along, listening. Then student B reciprocates.

          • Nov 19, 2017 9:04am

            hello ,
            I think so, your students are just focusing on learning the concepts, they are not focusing on understanding concepts and i believe that until and unless they focus on understanding the concepts, you keep open guides and you give them solved examples it will be a utter waste for them.