- February 21, 2019 at 7:45 PM #55584
How do you help students transfer what they have learned on the board to their desks. They seem to understand the concept. They do a set of problems correctly, they can answer my questions correctly, even on cold calling. but when it comes to doing it on their own after class, alot of times they struggle to master it. What are some strategies i can use to help them master?
- February 22, 2019 at 9:13 AM #55585
I wonder…are you specifically referring to understanding math concepts?
One suggestion: Students are often skilled at following procedures–seeing a demonstration with accompanying explanation (and sometimes even answering questions about what they’ve seen/heard), and then solving problems that fit the pattern that’s been demonstrated. To check how well students actually understand a concept as a concept (rather than recalling it as something to do or restate), you could try…
a. Ask them to explain the point of the lesson in their own words. For example, why does a fraction become larger with a larger-digit numerator but smaller with a larger-digit denominator? Can they demonstrate this visually with a sketch on paper or on the board in several different ways?
b. Have them practice some problems on the board while you observe. Their hesitation at certain points in their problem-solving is often an indicator of what they “get” and what they’re unsure of.
The same approach also helps with understanding grammar.
- March 1, 2019 at 7:49 PM #55702
thanks that is helpful. Mostly math yes.
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