ERIC Number: ED059413
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
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Teaching Resources for Low-Achieving Mathematics Classes. PREP-30.
Travers, Kenneth J.; And Others
The identification of teaching resources for low achievers depends upon analysis of student characteristics, teaching strategies, and mathematics curriculum content. Social and emotional problems of low achievers are often reflected in low motivation, short interest spans, antisocial behavior, high absence rates, and goals based only on the immediate future. These characteristics suggest that appropriate resource materials should be constructed in small units with provisions for individualized work, and should emphasize success and self-worth--possibly by including an incentive or reward system. An activity learning approach provides an excellent vehicle for promoting the following teaching procedures that are particularly effective with low achievers: (1) Employ repetition through spiraling; (2) Introduce small segments of material at a time; and (3) Use language which the class is likely to understand. Resource materials should have clear objectives which have some relationship to the immediate needs of the learner. Content material should develop desirable habits, attitudes, and appreciations as well. To do this, materials must combine low difficulty levels with high mathematical standards. (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attitude Change, Elementary Schools, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Low Achievement, Mathematics, Objectives, Resource Materials, Standards, Student Characteristics, Student Motivation, Student Needs, Teacher Effectiveness
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Educational Communication (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.