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Dr. Edna Arthurs

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Registered: 12/6/04
Posted: Jan 9, 1997 12:03 PM
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My Name is Edna Arthurs and I am teaching mathematics and math methods to
prospective teachers in Southern Connecticut.

I strongly support the suggestion of an Interactive Math Lab (IML)experience
for future mathematicians. Content is not enough, one must know how to apply
one's knowledge and furthermore, one must have fun in the process.

Too often math content knowledge is taught in isolation. The algebraists
don't talk to the geometrists who in turn don't communicate with the
statisticians and as a result, students explore discrete areas of
mathematics, too often failing to find any connection among the
specialities. An IML might help to build that connection. Students would be
able to see real mathematicians at work, communicating with one another, and
actually struggling to solve problems. Let students feel the frustration,
the excitement, the enthusiasm, the success and the "oopseys" that we
experience and then maybe they will be turned on to math.

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