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Topic: better math teachers
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claran einfeldt

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better math teachers
Posted: Jul 19, 1995 1:39 AM
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I think Laura Van Zoest touched on an important component in the
making of better math teachers. As someone who is working on the
redesigning of an undergraduate mathematics education program at the
University of Illinois, I have come to believe that our own students do not
need more math courses to make them better teachers, but they need math
couses taught in a different way. They need to attend math courses that
have professors model the STANDARDS way of teaching. We need to start
thinking of these pre-service teachers as constructivist learners.
The context that students learn math is directly dependent on the
beliefs and attititudes that acquire about not only the mathematics itself,
but also the way math should be taught. Those of us working with
pre-service teachers have to start integrating math content and pedagogy.
If we truly believe that teachers teach the way they are taught, then we
need to take a close look at not only the math classes they are taking, but
the WAY those math classes are being taught.
Too much time is spent between math professors and math education
professsors complaining about what the other is or isn't doing. We each
have something to contribute to the making of a math teacher. Let's spend
some time exploring each others worlds and try to work together so that our
graduating teachers have a strong indication of what the teaching of
mathematics is all about.

Claran Einfeldt
University of Illinois

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