Dennis Roeder is an elementary math teacher in Australia who is looking to help students learn as much as they can in their young lives. While studying to become a teacher, he attended a few workshops and seminars on effective ways of teaching math. Like any attentive student, he took notes on these methods, some that are highlighted below.
Aim for understanding
For every subject you teach, strive to ensure students understand the “why” behind concepts, and not just the “how.’ This type of understanding (known as procedural understanding) doesn’t come easy and can take even years for a student to grasp a concept fully. It’s for this reason that math curricula often introduce a concept early in a child’s learning, then build upon it for some years.
What’s your goal?
The ultimate goal for teaching mathematics is different for every math teacher. Some do it so they can finish the textbook in the designated time. Others do it to ensure their students pass exams. Others teach so that students can understand various concepts, such as addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
These goals, while noble, are sub-goals to an even bigger goal. If you think about, you’ll realize that perhaps you want students to understand how to apply math concepts in their lives, or prepare them for further studies in this field.
Walk the talk
As a math teacher, your attitude towards the subject is on display every time you address students. If you like math, then you should encompass an enthusiastic, passionate and committed lifestyle towards being the best math teacher.
Dennis Roeder is a teacher based in New South Wales, Australia.
An elementary math teacher in Australia, Dennis Roeder knows the subject is one that students struggle to understand, especially at early ages. It requires extra concentration and effort, something that differs with every student. As Roeder has experienced in his time as a teacher, teaching math also requires the instructor to employ various methods, some of which are explained below.
Add a visual element
Having a visual element quickly enamors young learners. Making use of textbooks that have graphical content helps to get the message across to students. Instructors who make use of graphics can pair them with specific guidance for effective results.
Teachers are encouraged to get students to describe, verbally, how they reached an answer as this can help other students learn the basic concepts. As Dennis Roeder knows, many students hesitate to raise their hands to ask questions. If those who answer are required to explain their process, they are helping other classmates.
Many students benefit from having personal feedback from their teachers about what they did right and where they can improve upon going forward. Rather than just provide the correct answer, teachers should also give students an opportunity to see where they made mistakes. Doing so helps students figure out solutions on their own.
Dennis Roeder is a graduate of the University of Sydney, where he undertook a degree in Education.
Architect Edmund Blacket designed the Neo-Gothic sandstone original structures of the University of Sydney quadrangle and the Great Tower facility which are icons of the University in Sydney, Australia today, where Dennis Roeder earned his Bachelor of Education. The purchase of land in Darlington in the 20th century enabled the growth of the faculties of the Arts, Science, Education and Social Work, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Economics and Business, Architecture and Engineering departments, as well as the Faculty of Medicine. The new School of Information Technologies building opened in 2006, which today plays a significant part in the University’s continuing education program, inaugurated in 1886 and Australia’s longest continuous adult education program.
Undergraduate Dennis Roeder attended the University of Sydney from 2012 to 2015, where he was enrolled in the Faculty of Education and Social Work to earn his Bachelor of Education degree. Roeder also benefited from the establishment of 15 other faculties, including the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the University of Sydney Business School, the Faculty of Dentistry, the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Sydney Law School, the Sydney Medical School, the Sydney Nursing School, the Faculty of Pharmacy, the Faculty of Science, the Sydney College of the Arts, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Faculty of Veterinary Science. According to 2016 rankings by the QS World University, the University of Sydney is 9th in Veterinary Science, 11th in Law, and 16th in Education, the school attended by Roeder. The U.S. News & World Report ranked University of Sydney 51st in the world.