I am constantly hearing from my students, “When will I use this in real life?” I have been a Middle School math teacher for the last three years and this year I am transferring to my district’s Jr High so I will be teaching higher leveled math. This change is making me think, just how often will my students really use what I am teaching them in class?
Many things students learn, especially in early math classes, are easily applicable to future uses. However, as they get older, and the math more difficult, it becomes harder to find examples of everyday use. There are always exceptions and I don’t think any student should be limited in their class opportunities. If a student wants to take math and continue on to higher classes than they should be able to. My question to you though is:
Should every student be expected to take higher level math?
Positives to Taking Higher Math
- Extends future career opportunities
- Higher logical thinking skills
- Earns college credit
Alternatives to Taking Higher Math
- Focus on stronger subjects like reading, writing, technology, science, PE, art, music, or history
- Creates opportunities for more trade school classes
- Creates more business or financial development math classes
I love teaching math and I love teaching to each of my student’s unique abilities. Being able to see them persevere through hard times and grow as a student is very inspiring. I would love to teach to every student and show them how beautiful all math can be, but I know that not all of my students appreciates math as much as I do and that they can still be successful in life without it.