Position: Classroom Teacher
As a mathematics teacher in high school, i have noticed that more and more students hated to read math text books. More often the not, most students who flank a test in mathematics are those struggling readers. As they say, if a student is less performer in English, it follows that he is also slow learner in mathematics.
How can we help these struggling readers feel less intimidated by their math text book?
hi zemlene! i would just like to share a different observation from my experience. during highschool and even college, my guy classmates seem to shy away from text-filled books, those kinds with small font sizes in two divided columns and few pictures or images. i think this presentation really tends to make one lazy to read. there really are times that i myself get lazy from reading these textbooks which are mostly medical. one thing i might suggest is that authors present data with the use of tables or columns. from my observation, my guy classmates tend to favr this over the all-text interface. i dont know if this could help in the case of math books but i think it’s worth a try.
Location: Rhode Island, USA
I do know that when my boys started doing math word problems they would get frustrated. I would sit with them and we would break it down. As he was reading I would have him write the number and whatever the text told him. If the text said the boy had five apples and three more fell off the tree type of thing.
If they had real trouble I would make a copy of the example and have them put the number above the correlating word. This would often times help.
Taking the time to explain that they may not be as fast as their classmates in solving the example but they would all come out with the same answer in the end helped a lot too. I do know some kids hate feeling like they are slower than most of the kids in the class bothers them. I was one of those kids. As good as I was in reading I would struggle in math.
I guess explaining to them that they should not get intimidated with math books will do…Kids should know that it doesn’t mean if they find themselves less performer in English, they are also slow learner in mathematics. I had this friend and he excels more in math so he was very interested in math books. But he hates Reading and other English books. But as time goes by, he realized that if he can excel in math, why not in reading and English? He strive and gives a lot of patience studying, and he succeeded.
Location: Setif, Algeria
Positions: Classroom Teacher Administrator, English Teacher
We can help them by providing translations (included or not) to help them understand what they are reading, in our country we use this method in the class (not in exams) so the student memories what he is studying and after a while he will learn how to read the question with out any help (translations); so try this & give me response:
Most subjects in school are written in English. In a country where English is not a first language, teaching Math and Science for example, requires twice the effort.
The students need to achieve proficiency in the English language for them to be able to better understand their lessons.
Lack of knowledge breeds intimidation. One way to bridge the gap in learning other subjects taught in English is to teach them the intricacies of the English language i.e. grammar, intonation, usage, etc.
Code switching is an effective method of teaching English subjects. Once the kids understand the meaning of the lessons in their first language, it’ll be easier for them to process in the second language, which in this case, is English.
Positions: Parent, Classroom Teacher
Personally I love reading but I struggled a lot in math. I used to hate word problems. They say math is a universal language but for me math sounds Greek. It’s probably different for every student. Some can be good in reading. Some can be good in math. And some good at both. What I think we should do is support where they are good at.
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