Reflection: Perseverance Two-Way Table Talk (Day 2 of 2) - Section 3: Application


Changing learned student attitudes or behavior can be very challenging. Sometimes these behaviors are part of a school culture and for the most part takes a long time to change. This may involve a team effort, yet I also do what I think is best for my students within my classroom. This year I quickly discovered that many of my students wanted to be led easily to solutions without putting forth efforts on their part. They were used to being spoon-fed information and are were always eager to get to the answer and avoid any critical analysis of anything. They avoided struggle and rarely perservered.

I don’t blame them for this. After all, they have been getting away with this, it seems, and have learned these patterns of behavior.

At first, it can be quite hard for teachers not to "give in" to this behavior and end up either “dumbing” down content, or leading students to solutions. Knowing how important productive struggle is to learning, I’ve learned to resist the temptation of “giving it away”, allowing students to perservere and figure things out independently, and intervening appropriately. My students actually have learned to appreciate this. 

  Changing culture
  Perseverance: Changing culture
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Two-Way Table Talk (Day 2 of 2)

Unit 11: Bivariate Data
Lesson 6 of 8

Objective: SWBAT calculate relative frequencies to better understand two-way table data.

Big Idea: Becoming familiar with relative frequency sets groundwork for critical interpretaion of data.

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Math, Statistics, relative frequency, Percentages, two-way tables, 8th grade math, catagorical data
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