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EMAT6700Gray,Laura

Class01Response:
1. Howdoyouthinkstudentslearnmathematics?
Inmyownexperience,studentslearnedandretainedmathematicsmoreviatheuseof
discoverytaskbasedlearningandopenendedquestioning.Forexample,insteadofdefining
whatanextraneoussolutionisinarationalequation,whynotallowstudentstosolveforthe
solutionviasimplification,thendiscoverwhathappenswiththesimplifiedsolutionviaagraph
orinputtingthesimplifiedsolutionintotheoriginalequation.Attheendofthelesson,the
studentwillthenbeasked,Whatisanextraneoussolution,andwhydoesitoccurinarational
function?Thisfoundsabetterunderstandingoftheconcept,asstudentsareforcedtodiscover
andcomeupwithideasontheirown.Ihavefoundinmyownexperience,thistypeoflearning
ensuresunderstandingandlongtermcomprehensionofanobjectiveorconcept.
Inanutshell,allstudentsthinkandlearndifferently.Youhavetointroducedifferentwaysto
solveaconceptandallowstudentstodeveloptheirownthoughtsandbrainpatternstogetthere.
Thisishowstudentstrulylearn.

2. Howdoyouthinkyoushouldteachmathematics?
Well,thisisaloadedquestion!Ithinkthekeytoeffectiveteachingofmathematicsistofirst
understandhowthestudentsintheclassroomarethinkingandclearlyunderstandtheir
perspective.Youneedtounderstandtheskillsyourstudentsalreadyhaveandhowtheyalready
thinktoplaneffectiveuseoftasksandlessons.Fromthere,yousetobjectiveandgoalsbasedon

curriculumstandardsandyourownpersonalstandards(knowingwherestudentshavecomefrom
indevelopmentandwheretheyneedtoprogresstointheirlearningplans).
Afteryouhaveplannedyourobjective,thatswhereyourresearchandlessonplanning
begins.Youstarttofindthemosteffectivewaystoteachanobjectiveutilizingtoolandideas
thatalreadyexist(andbuildingyourown).Byunderstandingthemindsetofyourstudentsand
theobjective,youcaneffectivelyteachmathematicstostudents.Inmyownexperience
emphasisondiscovery,questioning,andutilizingtaskstoincreasecognitivedemand(especially
onesofcontext)havebeenthemosteffectivewaystoteachmathematicsintheclassroom.If
technologyfitsintothesestrategiesandenhancesthelearning,thenitshouldbeutilized.

3. Whatroledoyouthinkdigitaltechnology(calculators,computers,video,etc.)should
playinthelearningandteachingofmathematics?(Trytobespecificaspossible).
Inmyownexperienceintheclassroom,whentechnologyiseffectivelyimplementedinthe
classroom,itplaysacriticalroleinadvancingtheteaching/understandingofmathematicsfor
students.
Technologyhelpsimprovecommunicationwithstudentsandparentsoutsidetheclassroom
throughemailandinteractivetoolslikeweebly.Teacherscanreverseclassroomsby
distributingteachingvideostostudentsashomework.Inmyexperience,improving
communicationleadstobiggerjumpsintheadvancementofstudentsintheclassroom(andhelps
ustobuildconnectionsandunderstandstudentsbetter).
Technologyalsoallowsustointroducemorefun,interaction,andcontextintomath
problems.Forexample,IcanhavestudentsbuildspinnersinGSPtodiscoverexperimentalvs.

theoreticalprobability.IcanalsointroducealearninggameusingKahoot!thattakesadvantage
ofthecompetitivenatureofstudentsandenhanceslearning.
Otheradvantagestechnologybringsaretoolsthatallowteacherstobemoreorganizedand
transparent(suchaslessonplanningtoolsandsuggestedcommoncoretaskplans).Italsobrings
moreinformationtostudentsandallowsustoaggregatelargersetsofdataintheclassroom(for
example,technologyallowsustomock1000sofstatisticalsamplesetsinamatterofseconds!).
IthinkthebestuseoftechnologythatIhavedeployedintheclassroomistheuseof
technologyasadiscoverytaskforstudentstocreateconjecturesandvalidatethemonlaptops
andcalculators.Theabilitytoprovidehandsonmanipulativehasallowedmetheabilityto
increasethecognitiveabilityoftasksintheclassroomwhichinturnleavestoabetter
understandingandfoundationofmathematicsintheclassroom.