Identifying math signs

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  1. myKroom

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    Does anyone have any helpful hints or activities to help students be more aware of what type of math problem they are doing?

    I'm teaching a math intervention group and my kids have caught on to many of the procedures and tricks for addition, subtraction, and multiplication but are scoring poorly because they mix up the signs. I know they KNOW how, but on the "oh so mighty and important timed test" they bomb because they don't pay attention to the sign.

    Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!
     
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  3. Pashtun

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    So you think it is the "timed" part that is causing the problems?

    Could it be a bigger issue of paying attention to the details?
     
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    Have them circle the signs?
     
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    We have done some lessons on circling and taking time (a few seconds) to preview a test, worksheet, etc. They definitely have anxiety about timed tests. A lot of reminders to take a deep breath and take your time. We've chatted numerous times about the fact that it's more important to get the problems correct then finish all the problems. It's still stuck in their head that they have to go fast and get lots done!

    I'm just not sure what other types of things I could do to help make this concept stick.
     
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    Do they get anxious like this over the learning activities you do from day to day?
     

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