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Students not doing any work
Old 02-05-2019, 05:31 PM
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I have been having an ongoing struggle with my 7th grade students not doing work.

I teach math at an inner city low income school, and while I am already well aware of the tendency of these students to not complete their work (this is my 6th year at the school), it seems like they are taking it to a whole new level.

I've tried doing teacher-led instruction and having the students follow along in their books as we break down the problems with me calling on volunteers or random students to help answer questions; the majority of them just tune me out and start side conversations.
After holding class councils I tried structuring my lessons with more team based work, with me going over an intro problem or two and then having them work in teams to complete their lesson; most of the students end up in off topic conversations and don't complete their work.

I have a lot of students that aren't even trying on their homework; I have more than a few that haven't even attempted homework since October.

It seems like anything other than giving them the answers isn't "helping" them. It doesn't matter if we've been going over a concept for a month and I've just completed two example problems on the board while reviewing the steps, they still "don't get it" and would rather blow off the assignment rather than put any real effort into it.

I hate to go off on a rant like this, but I'm trying to figure out what I can do to salvage/survive the remainder of this school year.

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