How to motivate school students to learn MATHHow to motivate school students to learn MATH And PHYSICS. Give tips for teachers and students???   thanks to ALL,,, ^_^

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tiburtius | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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Application is good when you can show it to the students, but what if you can't? How can I show application of complex numbers, specificly application of de Moivre's formula. I say you can calculate more easily with de Moivre's formula and then they ask me why should they even use complex numbers. I could show them application of complex numbers in electrical engineering or in computer graphics but that is too complicated for 12th grade students.

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rcmath | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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I think every math teacher is always asking himself/herself that question. My best approach is start of the year by presenting practical application to some basic mathematical concept. One of my students' favorite is to play restaurant, where they place an order from an actual menu. The server will have to find the total bill and the customer has to figure out the tip without a calculator. Small things we do through out the year can make the subject a little more interesting and motivate the students to work. 

Another suggestion is to variate in your approach. In my classroom, sometimes I present the materials, other times I use power point presentations. On some days we even use Khan academy videos. Students view math as a dry, boring subject. Spicing things up a little in the class may help motive them.



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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Interestingly enough, I was just talking to a student about this.  She was complaining that she could not get motivated in math and science class, even though they were making a scooter.  Sometimes the practical applications can confuse kids who don’t have a strong grasp of the subject.  I suggest using demonstrations to get them interested, but then making sure they have a foundation before having them apply the concepts.

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thewanderlust878 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 3) Salutatorian

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This is an interesting question. I'm sure many teachers think of this question more often than that, from math to science to history to English. Getting students motivated to learn in subject areas that they might not be too fond of is definitely a difficult task. Sometimes, despite best efforts, students who can't grasp the subject or just don't have it in them simply won't do as well as other students. 

For these students I suggest patience above all, and a will to sincerely help them out in the subject. I have had teachers who would not stay after school to help me if it killed them. And it wasn't because I was dumb (I'm studying to be a doctor for goodness sakes), it was simply because I didn't understand that certain concept. Also, I think it would be good for teachers to offer students other resources to help them out at home, such as online websites related to the topic. 

Hope this helps!

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naldskee27 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

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It' s simply, first we should encourage someone by giving him/her a specific reward that will literally drive him/her to persevere and put some more effort in studying the Math Subject itself. We could also teach them, by reviewing them from the basic arithmetic to advanced. If this doen't work we could enroll them in the tutorial school an d expose them to other children who had also struggled in learning Math subject. When their exams get failed, don't discourage them by saying some kind of foul words that will made them more disappointed about themselves or to the results of their exams. Just be patience on them, because this attitude will give encouragement on their part.

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atlaswave | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) eNoter

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Make interesting quizzes, activities and ask for their suggestions on what they want. Then try to make thsoe suggestions educational as well as fun for kids. Go with them to both an educational and fun trip.

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beautifulsunshine16 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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What my teacher does is when we go up on the board to do a problem, sometimes we get to put our hand into a bucket and pull out a slip saying, "No Homework" pass, extra credit on a quiz, or "Better Luck Next Time" (i got that one), etc. I know it sounds childish but many more of us were participating. 

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shgle | (Level 1) Honors

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Hands on activities and basic application may motivate students. i had a teacher who would dementratte science by lighting a sparkler, through his shoe in the air to demonstrate gravity...

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mferguson1113 | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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Motivating students depends on knowing what motivates that student and why they are not motivated. For instance if a student isn't motivated because they feel lost it is important to help that student build the fundamentals he or she is missing. If a student has no interest in the topic find out what they are interested in and try to connect the topics. Last year I had a first grader with no interest in math at all. On accident I discovered his obsession with pirates and began using items with pirate clipart and themes in my centers and he began to pay attention and enjoy math time. Some students may be motivated by rewards, praise or recognition. It is important to recognize not all students are motivated by the same thing.

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rs45 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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Put the dollar sign in front. No but seriously offer them bonus questions and if they get questions right give them candy so they start getting motivated.


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quantatanu | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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#7, I agree, when one gets interest fully, maths becomes more interesting than a game ! The student will just love to play with numbers and equations, especially Geometry is fun.

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suzannah304 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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Maths can be interesting if it is practised on daily basis. The formulae can be quite interesting to apply. Once we get into the problem, we wouldn't want to exit without solving it.

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quantatanu | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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a nice example:

tell them to divide 1  1/2 by 2, because its always confusing for beginners.

give them 1 full apple and a half apple, and tell them how this is equivalent to 1 1/2, then tell them that dividing by two means cut something exactly half and keeping one of the two pieces... so tell them two cut in two pieces everything those they have. That is cut the full apple into two pieces and put one half appart keeping one at hand , then do the same with the other half apple that was supplied, so they will be left with a half apple and one one fourth apple and adding them they get 3/4 apple and explain them this is exactly:


(1 1/2)/2 = (3/2)/2 = 3/4

these things will help them understand maths physically.


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quantatanu | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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wherever you find numbers like numbers on number plates of a car tell them to add those number and see what they get and in which way the number is beautiful. Tell them to measure the length of their desk by their scale and see whether Jany's desk is longer than John's or not... and tell them to measure the diagonal length of their classroom just by walking, that is howmany steps and then do the same for the side walls of the room and ask them to compare which way is shortcut... you can also ask them to reach their friends sitting at one vertex of a rectangular play ground one walking by the side of the ground and the other through the diagonal and ask them when they complete the task, which one is shortcut .... 


and many other practical examples like this will motivate them in a way that they will think maths makes them smarter in real life.