How to Use This Website
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How to Use This Website

 

This website was designed to be versatile so that it could be used in a variety of methods. As math instructors ourselves, we didn’t want to take away too much time from the math content. That was our primary motivation. But we realize that students often come into our classrooms with poor mental perceptions that impede their success regardless of the pedagogy.

Too often students have a self-defeating attitude, a lack of confidence, a lack of organization, a lack of proper work habits, and a lack of motivation. We believe that with a modicum of time, affective domain exercises can appeal to those students and help more of them succeed in our classes. Teaching our math content in our classes has too often been impeded by a student’s lack of proper work habits these activities are meant to address these issues.

You can use these activities in any way you see fit. Most activities should not take more than 15 minutes and this time can be assigned in class as a group conversation, or assigned out of class as reflective journals. Some activities require more investment and may require as much as 20 minutes. Please review each activity and plan the time commitment carefully.

 

Affective assignments can be used in class:

On a periodic basis; either once or twice a week, choose an activity you think would be beneficial to your class. Introduce the theme of the activity, explain to them the importance and the relevance this theme, relate the theme to a personal experience, and use it as a teachable moment. We don’t just teach mathematics, our influence goes far beyond the subject matter. The more activities you use in your class, the more of an effect it will have on them. If you use cooperative groups in your class you can allow them to work on the activity as a group to share ideas. Some activities are designed for such an environment, others are not. I would recommend you assign the notebook activity and dedicate a section of the notebook to Affective Domain activities and any journal entries can be kept there.

 

Affective assignments can be used outside of class:

On a periodic basis; either once or twice a week, choose an activity you think would be beneficial to your class. Introduce the theme of the activity, explain to them the importance and the relevance this theme, relate the theme to a personal experience, and use it as a teachable moment. We don’t just teach mathematics, our influence goes far beyond the subject matter. The more activities you use, the more of an effect it will have on them. Assign the activity as homework. Ask you students to take the assignment seriously and take a moment to reflect on the activity and write a short essay on the theme of the activity. You can collect the homework assignment as you see fit, but it is recommended that you collect it immediately and that you return it to them as soon as possible so that they know it is important to you.

 

Affective assignments can be used inside and outside of class: (preferred method)

It is recommended that you use a variety of the above mentioned methods, both in class and outside of class. You might consider Affective Domain activities to be printed on a separate, colored paper and introduced in class, at times assigned as group work, and at other times assigned as homework. This versatility will allow you to assign more activities impressing on your students the importance of the work. As mentioned above, if these activities pertain to a section of your student’s notebook you have the option of collecting it on a daily basis or checking their work when you check their notebook. It’s best to check their notebook periodically to emphasize the importance of daily organization.