## Philosophy of Teaching Mathematics

When I was a child, the thought of being a teacher seemed so simple. You get the material, you teach it. As I am concluding my senior year of college, I now see it as so much more. Every person has a different style of teaching. There is research constantly being done, deciding what the best way of teaching is. Of course before you get up in front of a class, you have a plan on what you want to do but when you actually start, things change or go wrong, so it is important to have a back up plan in mind.

While teaching mathematics, it is important to understand that students learn differently. Some students are visual, while other students are auditory. I find that stations with different types of learning but working on the same material are effective. There can be stations using hands on activities, and there can be a station where they have to take notes while I complete a short lesson. I also think that group work is very effective. Some students understand certain topics more than others so when you combine students, they can collaborate together. One thing I always found helpful was working with other people when given outside classwork or studying. A student can look at their notes over and over or talk to their teacher and still not understand it. Sometimes it takes a different person to explain it to you until you understand it. I will encourage the students to work together. My theory is if they work together, it is expected they pull their own weight. If they just copy someone’s homework, it will show on their test.

I also want confidence in my classroom. I feel that part of understanding math is having the confidence to ask questions and think that they can do it. Although many struggle with math, I think with the confidence and cooperative learning type of classroom, my students can succeed.

Students often ask why do I need to know this. I want to make it certain that everything taught in my classroom has a purpose. If the students don’t think there is a reason for learning it, they won’t put the effort in. I know as a student in high school, math was my weak subject and it took one teacher to change my whole perspective. I want to have that type of effect on my students. I want them to come to class thinking they can do this and have fun while doing it. Mathematics is such a huge part of everyday life and I want them to understand that. Small things such as going to the grocery store incorporate mathematics. If you can’t add you won’t know how much you can buy with the amount of money you brought with you. Although it is hard to understand, all aspects of mathematics have a purpose.

While teaching mathematics, it is important to understand that students learn differently. Some students are visual, while other students are auditory. I find that stations with different types of learning but working on the same material are effective. There can be stations using hands on activities, and there can be a station where they have to take notes while I complete a short lesson. I also think that group work is very effective. Some students understand certain topics more than others so when you combine students, they can collaborate together. One thing I always found helpful was working with other people when given outside classwork or studying. A student can look at their notes over and over or talk to their teacher and still not understand it. Sometimes it takes a different person to explain it to you until you understand it. I will encourage the students to work together. My theory is if they work together, it is expected they pull their own weight. If they just copy someone’s homework, it will show on their test.

I also want confidence in my classroom. I feel that part of understanding math is having the confidence to ask questions and think that they can do it. Although many struggle with math, I think with the confidence and cooperative learning type of classroom, my students can succeed.

Students often ask why do I need to know this. I want to make it certain that everything taught in my classroom has a purpose. If the students don’t think there is a reason for learning it, they won’t put the effort in. I know as a student in high school, math was my weak subject and it took one teacher to change my whole perspective. I want to have that type of effect on my students. I want them to come to class thinking they can do this and have fun while doing it. Mathematics is such a huge part of everyday life and I want them to understand that. Small things such as going to the grocery store incorporate mathematics. If you can’t add you won’t know how much you can buy with the amount of money you brought with you. Although it is hard to understand, all aspects of mathematics have a purpose.