Improving Student Achievement in Mathematics Through Active Learning

Charlotte Rappe Zales, Ed.D.
Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales
Center Valley, PA 18034-9568


Strategies that promote active learning in mathematics classrooms ensure that students will achieve at higher cognitive levels and can apply mathematics to other content areas. Two important strategies that a teacher can use to improve student involvement are: stating the lesson objective in the introduction to the lesson, and asking questions during the lesson. When the teacher states the objective precisely, both the teacher and students know what is expected cognitively. And when the teacher asks questions during the lesson, both the teacher and the students have immediate feedback on the success of the lesson.

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