Week 1

Discuss and reflect on mathematics education, the curriculum, the organization of learning, the implications for you as future teacher.

Math’s has always been part of a student’s primary school experience, setting them up with the knowledge to further their skills in their high-school years and tertiary studies. No child is born with a natural sense of math, every math skill must be learnt. This means every child has the ability to have a great mathematics skill set if given the correct teaching and guidance. The importance of a teacher following the math curriculum is paramount to a child’s math’s development.

The way Math is taught in schools has changed a great deal since the beginning of schooling. Math is no longer a stand-alone subject, math is incorporated in all curriculum areas where possible. Math’s needs to be fun and engage the students. “Posing some questions in the course description that pique students’ curiosity about the subject” (Weimer, 2011) giving the students exciting queues about what they will be learning will help get them interested in the subject.

Math’s has evolved to a more hands on and friendly subject by using manipulatives and objects to help teach. Research suggests that “concepts are formed by children through a reconstruction of reality, not through an imitation of it” (Piaget 1971)

Incorporating math in other subjects creates a smaller math’s alone work load and is less likely to cause children anxiety when it comes to dealing with math’s in school. This incorporation of math’s in other subjects means I as a teacher need to be on top of math myself and think of creative and fun ways incorporate math in with relevant topics.

Weimer, M. 2011 What Does Your Syllabus Say About Your Course. Retrieved from http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/what-does-your-syllabus-say-about-you-and-your-course/

Piaget, Jean. The Psychology of Intelligence. Boston: Routledge and Kegan, 1971.