When teaching mathematics to children the teacher’s enthusiasm can determine whether or not the child's math experience is negative or positive. For instance if you do not like math chances are, it will show up in the activities that you prepare for the child, as well as the way you go about a question because the children will sense your frustration that you have for math. If a teacher likes math on the other hand the activities will be well thought out, and the children will be able to ask questions without having the feeling that the teacher is frustrated because they are giving off a positive attitude. This is what shapes the person's feelings towards math, how good of a math teacher one is, and how whether or not the person's experience is negative or positive. My general feelings towards math would have to be because of my elementary math teacher.
If the calculator is used properly in the classroom, it can be a great tool that benefits students and teachers. This machine allows teachers to focus on other school subjects that they would have spent on teaching aspects of mathematics that are no longer used today. The tool is beneficial to the pupil because if it is used properly, it allows the student to spend time on how they came to answer instead of reaching the answer and leaving class because time ran out. As teachers and students use the calculator on regular basis, more people will see that in fact it is a tool that is necessary for the student to grow and not a hindrance.
Math is a big part of our life and is used all the time, from handling money to telling time. However some people may have anxiety when they think about having to take a math class because they don’t like math, let alone some having to learn how to teach math. Everyone has a different experience and for some learning math comes easier than others. Thinking about math gives me anxiety and didn’t have the best experiences when it came to learning math. Knowing that I have to teach math makes me a little nervous but I am willing to make my experience a positive one.
Understanding children’s mathematics involves more than understanding the relevant mathematical concepts from teacher’s point view. It also involves knowing about how children develop the concepts and how they get engaged when having a maths lesson. Some children dislike mathematics because they couldn’t understand the right way to solve a problem, leading them to lose interest and thinking that ‘I’m not going to do it because I just don’t know how to do it’. It is believed that when children’s literature and mathematics are integrated in a meaningful and interactive way, students will understand the mathematics concepts efficiently and will sustain the knowledge. David Whitin says, "Using math related children's literature can help children realize the variety of situations in which people use mathematics for real purposes" (1994) Children’s book can illustrate mathematical concepts, pose problems, suggest investigations and provide models for children’s own writing.
If teachers could only allow students to use their technology, knowledge at school as well as at home then the teachers would find more students excelling in mathematics. Through the creation of such amazing software such as Geometer?s Sketchpad and Geometric Golfer, students can enjoy learning mathematics and some students may even find mathematics fun. Without technology, we would not have computers, internet or calculators. These items of technology have changed our life in a positive way. Using computer programs, we can easily show students mathematics.
There is a common misconception among math teachers they “believe that mathematics revolves around numbers and formulas, not words” (Freitag 20). However that is not true, writing is very important for the understanding of mathematical concepts. Math is all about algorithms and solving equations, but you need to be able to use writing to explain your thought process. This includes knowing specific mathematical vocabulary to show the process of solving the algorithms. For many math teachers it is hard to write out the steps that you do so naturally in your head because it has become second nature.
6. How would you convince a fellow teacher that using calculators could be helpful when learning mathematics? As stated by the text, many teachers do not see the importance or value of using calculators in the classroom. Many teachers feel that students’ understanding of basic mathematical skills would suffer with the use of calculators, and personally I have shared these similar feelings about the use of calculators. But the textbook gives several positive rationales for the use of calculators in the classroom.
Student Motivation and Retention I decided to write most of paper about motivation because motivation is something that is lacking in several of my students in Junction City. I want to help students develop the motivation to learn math instead of hearing the bad attitude they have developed for mathematics. It is so frustrating to hear a student say that they do not care. Also in my paper, I plan to intertwine the topic of retention. My paper will lean more towards retaining students in math at the middle school level rather than college like the articles we read in class.
Thinking back to my past math teachers, I believe that it depended on the teacher whether or not I liked math that year. There are many things that make a math teacher a good one, and I have been lucky to get great teachers the past few years. A good teacher understands that even though the students should know how to do something, they might not. Teachers often assume that their students know how to solve a certain equation for instance, but not everyone learns at the same pace. It is also important that a math teacher has the ability to explain how to do a certain math problem in many different ways.
That is the (Research) Question”. The studies instituted that “students who had homework performed better on class tests compared to those who did not” (DeNisco). Another compelling thing about homework, are the qualities a skills th... ... middle of paper ... ...supporters say. Homework is also important because there are many types of assignments that cannot be easily completed during the school day, proponents contend. Writing an essay and conducting a science experiment, for example, are both extremely beneficial ways for students to gain a more total understanding of a certain subject, proponents say, but neither assignment is easily completed during classroom hours.