This is the summary of a presentation given at the Joint Mathematics
Meetings, January 1013, 1996, Orlando, Florida.
Creating An Active Learning Environment:
Preparing PreService Teachers with
Technology and Discovery I Lessons at North Park College
It is our experience that beginning teachers teach the same way that they were
taught. Therefore, it is our firm belief that if we model the ways that we
would
like students to teach mathematics, they will tend to teach mathematics using
those methodologies and techniques. Consequently we are devoting more class
time
to discussions, discovering ideas and projects that lead students to making
connections. Students in the methods courses for teaching mathematics, K4, 58
and 612 receive instruction in various aspects of technology and then are
asked
to develop materials and lessons using these areas of technology in a classroom
situation. Preservice teachers use calculators that are appropriate for the
grade level of the methods course and computer software that is appropriate for
the grade level of the methods course; i.e. LOGO, Hypercard, word processing
including graphics for all levels, Geometer's Sketchpad and spreadsheets,
Derive, Mathematica, and Minitab. This presentation will include one example of
a discovery lesson from each of the three methods courses and one example using
a computer application from each of the three methods courses. Attenders at
this
session will be given a handout that has these six activities explained in
detail as well as a verbal explanation of them and other types of projects that
we do.
Dr. Leona L. Mirza
Professor of Mathematics Education
3225 W. Foster
Chicago, IL 606254895
email: lmirza@npcts.edu
