
Academic Guidance Academic Guidance  Academic guidance for those pursuing a college degree... what college? Grad school? PhD help? 
 LinkBack  Thread Tools  Display Modes 
January 17th, 2012, 11:56 AM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Jan 2012 Posts: 1 Thanks: 0  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?

January 17th, 2012, 05:07 PM  #2 
Global Moderator Joined: Oct 2008 From: London, Ontario, Canada  The Forest City Posts: 6,951 Thanks: 602 Math Focus: Elementary mathematics and beyond  Re: Teaching a more interesting Mathematics
As a suggestion, look more for problems that focus on concepts as opposed to problems that focus on methods.

January 18th, 2012, 10:14 PM  #3 
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,131 Thanks: 431 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: Teaching a more interesting Mathematics
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. 
January 20th, 2012, 09:14 PM  #4  
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2011 From: USA Posts: 782 Thanks: 1  Re: Teaching a more interesting Mathematics Quote:
 

Tags 
interesting, mathematics, teaching 
Thread Tools  
Display Modes  

Similar Threads  
Thread  Thread Starter  Forum  Replies  Last Post 
Teaching!  matthematical  Academic Guidance  4  July 20th, 2011 01:01 PM 
Learning and Teaching Mathematics  help  mcpt  Academic Guidance  1  March 12th, 2010 03:21 PM 
I need help I am teaching myself  chrisdg  Calculus  2  May 27th, 2009 03:55 PM 
Selfteaching to get to Calculus  wondermoose  Calculus  2  May 5th, 2009 06:32 AM 
Teaching myself linear algebra  mattman059  Linear Algebra  4  August 18th, 2008 07:22 AM 