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Norm Krumpe

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Re: Better Mathematics Teachers
Posted: Jul 22, 1995 10:12 AM
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>I love mathematics. I love working out problems
>that I find in the MAA journals, in Quantum, etc.
>I find these stimulating exercises. What is
>important, too, is that my students see that
>I enjoy doing such. My modeling of my love
>and appreciation of mathematics are essential
>to generating such in my students. I suggest
>all teachers, K- whatever, need to also model
>their love and appreciation of mathematics.
>Karen Dee

That's so true. With greater enthusiasm comes a more agressive pursuit
which yields greater understanding which generates even greater enthusiasm.
So it's the "chicken or the egg" situation: which comes first, enthusiasm
for mathematics, or success in mathematics? I'm not really sure.

When I first started teaching, I was teaching 7th and 8th grade mathematics
and literature. My interest in mathematics greatly exceeds my interest in
literature. What I found is that my students typically enjoyed math class,
but typically did not enjoy literature class. Had I been as enthusiastic
about literature, perhaps more would have enjoyed that class as well.

When I've tried to come up with activities for math class, I would often
look back at my childhood (and "grownup"-hood) for things that *I* thought
were fun, in the hopes that my students would enjoy the activities as much
as I had.

Norm Krumpe

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