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How to Teach Math

Updated on March 16, 2013

How to Teach Math

Know Your Content Area
Research Tricks
Plan Your Lessons
Know the "why Question
Be Confident

The Math Teacher

I have been a math teacher my whole life. I was the kid that math always came easy to and started helping my peers around 3rd grade with math problems. My high school guidnace councelor suggested that I become an accountant. As much as I love numbers, being an accountant did not sound like fun. I became a math teacher because I loved teaching and I loved math. Not many people get to do what they love for a career, I count myself lucky that for the 10 years I had the perfect career for me. Along the way I picked up a masters degree, a National Board Certification in teaching early adolescent mathematics, and I became a state certified master teacher. So I know a few things about teaching math.

Know Your Content Area

It always amazes me how many teachers don't know there content area. Know your area and continue learning, continue seeking out different methods of teaching and different theorems. I am not talking new research or methodology here. I am talking about getting down to the basic of your subject matter, you must know the depth and the span of the content area you are teaching. This is an essential element of being an excellant teacher. You can't be a good teacher if you don't know what you are talking about, it doesn't matter is you teach kindergarten or high school know everything you can about your subject matter.

Research Tricks

I know this sounds silly. When i give a struggling students one of my mnemonic devices or tricks they are always amazed that their current or previous teacher didn't teach them that specific thing. The more you know about

Plan Your Lessons

Being prepared makes a good teacher better. Know how you want to teach thing, be prepared for questions, have a backup plan, and be inventive. It doesn't have to take hours of prep to come with a great lesson. It does take planning and knowledge. Simple manipulatives and hands on learning can take a boring lesson a million miles away from boring. Keep the student engaged with interactive hands on lessons. Keep their minds thinking by asking questions and not just answering them. Question the students to explore their learning and take the content to the next level.

National Board Teacher

Have you thought about challenging yourself and becoming the best teacher you can be
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Know the "why" Question

You will inevitably get the question "why" from your students. Be prepared and know the answer before they ask it. This should be part of your lesson planning process. Know why it works, how it works, and the theorems behind the math. All it takes it one smart kids to throw you off your game and the rest of the class will see the weakness in your knowledge too. Even if you are teaching a lower level math that doesn't go into the theorem it helps you explain it better if you understand why.

Be Confident

Be confident in what you know but don't be afraid to admit when you don't know something or need to look something up. It is better to look up something then to teach student incorrectly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I taught algebra for two years and found it difficult, even though math has always been easy for me. Once I did my research and practiced it all came back to me. The next job was to find a way to make it interesting to the students. All of this is to say I respect a good math teacher. It is not the easiest subject to teach. Well done my friend.

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 4 years ago from Tumkur

      A useful hub