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# EMAT6700Gray,Laura

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

2. Howdoyouthinkyoushouldteachmathematics?
understandhowthestudentsintheclassroomarethinkingandclearlyunderstandtheir

curriculumstandardsandyourownpersonalstandards(knowingwherestudentshavecomefrom
indevelopmentandwheretheyneedtoprogresstointheirlearningplans).
Afteryouhaveplannedyourobjective,thatswhereyourresearchandlessonplanning
begins.Youstarttofindthemosteffectivewaystoteachanobjectiveutilizingtoolandideas
theobjective,youcaneffectivelyteachmathematicstostudents.Inmyownexperience
onesofcontext)havebeenthemosteffectivewaystoteachmathematicsintheclassroom.If
technologyfitsintothesestrategiesandenhancesthelearning,thenitshouldbeutilized.

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