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Looking for "hooks" and activities for at-risk 9th graders in Math

Dan Nickerson 9th grade math teacher at East St Louis Sr High School

I am a first year teacher (retired after 22 years in the US Air Force). I want to engage my students to help them peak their interest and reach mastery levels in Algebra. I am fighting all the issues of generational poverty in my classroom daily. Any ideas would be helpful. So much out there, but what really works in the classroom?

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Project based learning Algebra I lesson plans

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I know that this site is not designated for only WV Teachers! I am sure that there are a lot of other links to projects like these, but I have used a few of them myself and have seen some good results. I was a long-term sub for a year in math and needed help getting things rolling when I took over!!! I love the results of project based learning and hope to seee many teachers using it in the future!!! Take a min & see what you think, I was in an area with poverty & students that didn't get a lot of math education is important at home. These projects seem to get students to understand some of the uses for math in the "real world"!

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Let me know if you find something usefull!

I love many of these on this

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I love many of these on this site, but I teach Spec Ed teens w/ a variety of social/learning issues, and these are too complicated- any simpler to get them interested?

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Hooks for 9th grade math

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Do you have access to computers or at least an LCD projector? There are Youtube videos for learning how to do every type of math problem out there, and you could show them as an introduction and then have the students make their own how-to video as an assessment.

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Peer tutoring is often helpful - try matching students that are having trouble in a subject with students who excel. And I agree - anytime you can make the equations visual that is going to help visual learners. Games are an excellent way to engage competitive students, but they are fun as well (and promote team work). Experiment with a few out of the box ideas and see what students start to respond to. Some will fail, but even if one works, the time was well spent.

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