It is a regular occurence for me to see different ways that students prepare for exams, projects, and study in general. These two pictures are presented here as an example of this comparison. On the left is a student who has completed almost no work in my Algebra class and continues to play games on his phone despite almost every single teacher telling him to stop, his advisor talking to his mom, and even some of us directly talking to his mom. On the right are five (although you can't see the 5th) students staying after school until 4pm to clarify some pieces of information for the test tomorrow. It truly is remarkable how different the outcomes for these students will be.
I am a math teacher in the New York Department of Education. I infuse technology and real-world problems into my curriculum in order to prepare my students for the future. I would love for people across the country to recognize we teachers can't do it alone. If you don't believe me, come visit my classroom!