Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Pre-course Reading

It’s amazing how technology can be used to teach math in the 21st century. However, we must remember that when we teach math to children, we as teachers need to remember that children need to develop mathematical understanding.
This can be done by:
1.    Creating an environment that offers all children equal opportunity to learn
2.    Focusing on a balance of conceptual understanding and procedure fluency
3.    Ensuring active children engagement in the NCTM process standards
4.    Using technology to enhance understanding
5.    Incorporate multiple assessment aligned with instructional goals and mathematical practices
6.    Helping children recognize the power of sound reasoning and mathematical integrity (NCTM, 2007a)

Why do we need to teach math?
So children learn to generate strategies to solve problems, to apply the strategies, see if the strategies lead to solutions and to check if the answers make any sense. We also need to teach children that there are many ways to solve a problem and understanding how other people solve a problem can develop their own understanding. 

Why do children need to understand math?
Children need to understand math  so that they know what to do and why they are doing it.