Teaching Tip – Using Math Support

Did you know that most math textbooks these days come with all kinds of resources and support?

Some math textbooks come with a CD-ROM. Others allow access to a website where you can download and print off worksheets.

I like to use these resources to create new worksheets based on the lessons I have taught. This gives my students extra practice.

I noticed that my students were having a difficult time reading and working with analog clocks.

The CD-ROM had a file with a blank clock graphic. I copied it onto a word file and wrote some questions for my students to solve.

As you can see from these two pages, I personalized the questions. My students know that I love to run. And they love when I grant them the occasional long recess.

Personalizing math questions can really help to inspire the students.

The questions aren’t about some nameless person in a textbook any more. You can make them about the students in the class quite easily by just adding their names and their interests.

Try it out!

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2 responses to “Teaching Tip – Using Math Support”

  1. Hi Chase … good ideas – anything to help the kids get a grip of a challenging issue. Simple things like this – can be so difficult to learn – and once learnt .. then not forgotten.

    Good for you – Hilary

  2. Hi Hilary,

    Time is a tough concept for a lot of kids. I find that it is best to present it to them in a lot of different ways. There are so many resources that we can use that extend beyond textbooks and help kids to want to learn.

    Thanks for the comment!