A “Powerful Way of Learning”: Teacher Perceptions about Alternative Math Courses for High School Seniors

by | Jun 2022

Math instructors teaching alternative 12th-grade courses outside the “traditional” high school math curriculum were overwhelmingly positive in interviews about the effectiveness of the classes, particularly for students who are planning to attend college but have struggled with math prior to this class. Teachers said that the courses’ instructional approach, which is project-based and studentcentered, is a better way for students to learn and for instructors to teach. They described the shift in content—from algebra or calculus to real-life problem-solving in areas such as data science and finance, for example—as engaging for students and aligned with what most students need in order to be successful in college and the workforce.