Orlando Meetings: Presentation Summary


Back to Orlando: Pre-Service Teacher Ed


This is the summary of a presentation given at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 10-13, 1996, Orlando, Florida.

Role Playing:
An Active Learning Strategy

In our two semester course, Mathematics for Elementary Teachers, we employ many active learning strategies. One strategy, role playing an elementary classroom scenario, reduces the math anxiety exhibited by many students, provides an atmosphere conducive to the introduction of manipulatives, and facilitates the ongoing assessment of student learning. Student team teaching of selected topics, an integral part of this technique, also increases student confidence in speaking in front of a group and emphasizes the importance of understanding, not memorizing, the topics presented.

Debra Rothermel
Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster Campus
1008 New Holland Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17601

Cathy Godbois
Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster Campus
1008 New Holland Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17601
CGodbois@aol.com



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