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Topic: Re(2): Less Math = Better Teaching
Replies: 2   Last Post: Jul 19, 1995 10:40 AM

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Re: Re(2): Less Math = Better Teaching
Posted: Jul 19, 1995 12:16 AM
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<So if a master mathematician can maintain the perspective of what it
feels like NOT to understand some mathematical concept, there's every
reason to believe she will be an excellent mathematics teacher>

Mike - Interesting observation. I never really *liked* mathematics until I
took geometry in high school. Geometry was so exciting to me - it was so
obvious and so clear. Interestingly enough when I began teaching, I was a
much better algebra teacher than geometry teacher. I had made every possible
mistake an algebra student could make, so I could guide and prod and extend
their learning. Geometry was much much harder for me to teach. It WAS
intuitively obvious to me. It was difficult to step back and find some steps
to help the students find their understanding. I think several have said it
- you need both - an understanding of the content and an understanding of how
to teach.

Please, please, please can we move on from the personal attacks now and
concentrate on the focus of the forum.

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