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January 17th, 2012, 11:56 AM   #1
 
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Teaching a more interesting Mathematics

I just wanted to know how as a future teacher,bcan I make math be more interesting for my elementary students?
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As a suggestion, look more for problems that focus on concepts as opposed to problems that focus on methods.
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I agree with Greg...concepts are much more exciting than methods.

Show your students the reason for solving the problems given and how the concepts relate to real world problems, at least at the elementary level. Make your presentation as visual as possible, most people respond well to pictures of what is involved.

My physics professor always gave the original historical motivation behind solving the problems we were working on, and that made it come alive for me.

Many math teachers turn their students off by simply stating this is how you do it, so do it. If a student understands the reasoning, they are much more likely to grasp the concept.
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Make your presentation as visual as possible, most people respond well to pictures of what is involved.

Many math teachers turn their students off by simply stating this is how you do it, so do it. If a student understands the reasoning, they are much more likely to grasp the concept.
Amen!
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