After teaching for 8 years, one would think I may have different habits or concepts students have difficulty with, but I continue to see students struggle with the same concepts/habits. First, students have a difficult time reading and/or comprehending word problems which leads to them not being able to solve them. I have come across various strategies to help my students breakdown the word problem to make it easier, but there are still so many who struggle.
Second, my students have a difficult time seeing the connection between the various ways to present a function. When I teach students how to write an equation, graph the same equation on a coordinate plane and create a table for the same equation all from a written scenario, they have a hard time connecting that all the different representations represent the same function. In recent years, I have given students four squares representing either an equation, graph, table or written scenario and they have to come up with the missing three pieces.
Third, I still have students who find it difficult to get motivated enough to engage in any assignment given in class. Taking this course, I am hoping to learn how to relate the real world to math through CS and motivate more of my students.