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January 17th, 2012, 11:56 AM  #1 
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: 6,592 Thanks: 507 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 
Global Moderator Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,131 Thanks: 428 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  
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