Essay about Strategies For Teaching Mathematics
There are several strategies for teaching mathematics in the primary grades. Burton (2010) describes the strategy of a daily data activity in which the teacher uses a chart or graph to record class data. The data comes from children’s lives, for example, graphing the number of siblings of each child in the class. Daily data engages students because the data being collected is from their lives, it is authentic to the students. The process of collecting data can be a wonderful opportunity to facilitate collaboration among students and provide opportunities for them to help one another with the task of gathering data (p. 92). While daily data should begin as a whole group activity, the learning could be extended by having students create a graph or the information in a math journal. By writing number sentences about the data collected, student can further extend their understanding. These extensions move children beyond collecting and analyzing data to increase conceptual understanding of the various representations of numbers (p. 93).
Writing About Math
In addition to talking about math problems and concepts, it is also important to write about math. According to Baxter (2008), math teachers are now expected to teach their students how to write and explain math problems. Written explanations about numbers and variables as well as how solutions are discovered deepen students’ understanding and help them retain information…