Following are some strategies I utilized to assist my students!
I learned that by engaging visual learners and students who ‘do not like math’ with entertaining visuals and color it grasped their attention. For example, when I introduced the definition of Pythagorean Theorem to my students I used a hippo for the hypotenuse and legs for the legs of the right triangle. I engaged students first with a discussion on why a hippo was sliding down the hypotenuse and why he was on a sled…that year it was January and we had a lot of snow and ice. This was just what I needed to reach and engage my students.
After this, I taught my unit on Pythagorean theorem and kept referring to the hippo and legs while students who struggled to solve equations learned this task. Even students who struggled, all I had to say was ‘think of the hippo’ and they would remember the equation and visualize how to solve the problem. (Let me just say, the day I gave an assessment and said ‘think of the hippo’ and I could see the students picturing Pythagorean Theorem and the equations in their head I was ecstatic!) Another strategy I brought in to my classroom was color for a few reasons.