A while back I was teaching fifth grader math students who needed extra help, I found them reluctant to even open their books. Although I worked the first problem on the board for them, they still wouldn't even copy it on their papers.
The task for the day was coming up with strategies to solve word problems.
I set the books aside and gave them "real life" problems to come up and
write on the overhead. I asked them, "In what year will you be my age,
if I was born in 1950?" It made it a little easier that they were born
in 2000 :)
They really got interested in asking and
answering questions related to the ages of their family members. We
ended up with a pretty successful lesson after all.
amazes me that many of the kids don't know about measurements: cups,
quarts, gallons, etc. Then I realized that a lot of families no longer
"bake from scratch". Really, that is how we learn anything: DOING rather
than just hearing or reading facts off a page.
James 1:22 says, "Be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only."
Lord, teach me to love in word and in deed.
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