Teaching mathematics with the brain in mind : learning pure mathematics with meaning and understanding

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Johnson, Tanya
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2003
This culminating master's project applies data and information discovered in a content analysis of research documents to create a brain-based pure math teacher resource that will help teachers teach the pure mathematics 20 program with meaning and understanding. The resource includes a rationale, as well as explanations for the brainbased mathematics lesson framework. Teacher friendly daily lessons are laid out in a thematic unit for the algebraic equations, relations and functions section of the curriculum. The resource utilizes a brain-based approach to teaching and learning providing teachers with an easy to understand, practical, everyday guide that can easily be implemented into the pure math classroom. This resource is needed because students continue to feel inadequate and inferior in pure math classrooms across Alberta. Changes needed to resolve this disturbing situation include teachers themselves altering their teaching strategies to help minimize the existing problems in the pure math program, and this project contributes to the knowledge about improving best teaching practices. Research on the multiple intelligence theory reminds us of the different student learning styles and the fact that, more than one type of teaching strategy should be used to deliver the pure math program. Current research on the science of learning has brought to light some very interesting ideas of how a student's brain works and the applications of this work to classroom practice. As teachers, we can translate this information into classroom practice in order to help our students learn pure mathematics with meaning and understanding.
ix, 82 leaves ; 29 cm. --
Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- Alberta , Mathematics teachers -- Training of -- Alberta