## Why do so many students HATE MATH? … um, you know, BOREDOM

September 28, 2019According to **‘Bored Out of Their Minds’,** an article by ZACHARY JASON in The Harvard Ed Magazine (2017):

**Boredom accounts for nearly a third of the variation in student achievement. **

**Half of high school dropouts cite boredom as their primary motivator for leaving.**

Boredom begins for Math students at Grade 6 when students (Common Core Standards, USA) tackle more abstract concepts such as linear eqns, exponents, probability, geometry and so on.

Math curriculums in the USA, UK & Australia all demand students solve REAL LIFE problems. Too often these are of the type:

Q. Ronaldo has tethered his goat on a 12ft rein in the corner of a 20ft square field. What area can the goat graze?

**THE ANS: Who cares?**

# Simple.

# Ask students maths questions which have answers they want to know.

Students really don’t care about Ronaldo’s goat, but here are some questions which involve intriguing answers they might want to work out. And many of these questions involve funny or age-relevant activities, which also helps engagement.

**1. Mean, Median STATS:** **Mean, Median and Coffee: Busting an Urban Myth**

**2. Parabolas: ****Can you beat the 12-14 yo World Record for a Watermelon Pip spit?**

**3. Geometry:** **Build a Freestanding Tower**

**Rates (Speed) & Units:**

**4a.** **The Terrifying Math of Running from a bear**

**5. Decimals, %, Volume:** **What Volume of alcohol is lethal for teens?**

**6. Decimals, Algebra, Weight Units**

**How much blood can a kid lose and survive?**

Graph **Hunger Game Math**

**7. GEOMETRY. Angles**

**Any Topic:**

**8.** **Middle School Math Photo Scavenger Hunt**

Space Math Song** here**

**EVEN TEACHERS GET BORED!!!**

The average time it takes **an audience at a conference** to switch off is 11 minutes. Keep in mind this audience is, at least, being paid to be bored witless.

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