I teach several different math subjects, AP Calculus and Statistics being two of them. In both classes students have to do their homework online. For each problem they get 3 tries to type in the correct solution. Most of my calculus students want to get a perfect score and will work literal hours to get the last 2 points. Some of my statistics students can barely be bothered to do the assignments at all.
My questions are many.
- Why do some students become perfectionists, literally go overboard in their striving for A's in school while other don't seem to care at all?
- How do we create a balance between over the top and no effort at all?
- Is is really possible for teenagers to do cost-benefit analysis?