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Make Math Moments Academy Forums Community Discussion Water Cooler Helping the Teachers Grow Reply To: Helping the Teachers Grow

  • Heather Boysel

    April 8, 2020 at 11:34 am

    I struggle quite a bit with folks just wanting to teach an algorithm. I do feel like this is a societal issue, since that is how so many generations were taught: follow the steps and get the answer. In my work with classrooms and with teachers, I have found two interesting concepts to help create a desire to change: 1. Have students experience success. No one can resist a student figuring math out! 2. Put teachers in a situation where they have to experience math from a student’s perspective again. For example, we have had teachers engage in learning a different base system, and they immediately see the difficulty that comes with that new base system and trying to perform computations. The response is usually overwhelming to teachers, but it drives home the need to have a deep understanding and that just knowing procedures is not enough.