New Math Teacher

• Apr 19th 2012, 05:05 PM
kris1147
New Math Teacher
Hello,
I am a new math teacher. This is my first year working with secondary students and teaching math (I have an elementary/early childhood background). I am currently teaching Geometry and Honors Geometry. Next year I will also teach Algebra. I am looking for advice on how to make learning fun in math, how to make students truly understand these concepts, and advice on getting the most out of each day. Any advice and suggestions are welcome :)
• Apr 19th 2012, 07:14 PM
Prove It
Re: New Math Teacher
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Originally Posted by kris1147
Hello,
I am a new math teacher. This is my first year working with secondary students and teaching math (I have an elementary/early childhood background). I am currently teaching Geometry and Honors Geometry. Next year I will also teach Algebra. I am looking for advice on how to make learning fun in math, how to make students truly understand these concepts, and advice on getting the most out of each day. Any advice and suggestions are welcome :)

When teaching about function and solving equations, get them to think of a function as a production line, with numbers going in and the function doing something to them, and numbers coming out. A fun activity is to get the students to roleplay a production line, with each student performing some operation to a number (e.g. one student might add 2 to it, another might divide it by 5). Then pretend that there are some numbers that have gone through the production line, but were "wrong" or "faulty", so we need to go backwards through the production line and undo everything, to see if the mistake was just putting the wrong number through. This reinforces the fact that to solve an equation, you need to think about what has happened to the independent variable (what goes in), and then undo each of these operations in the reverse order.