ERIC Number: ED047971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics Newsletter Number 6.
Mielke, Paul T., Ed.; And Others
This article presents suggestions to the beginning teacher of college mathematics. It is felt that he should have a knowledge of: (1) the general character of mathematics and its place in our culture, (2) mathematics as a language, (3) mathematics as an art, and (4) mathematics as a science. Suggested principles include: (1) never introduce a new concept without first motivating it, (2) be honest, (3) do not overprepare, (4) do not be afraid to follow-up a diversionary topic if it is brought up by the students, (5) beware of lapsing into drill methods, (6) maintain enthusiasm for mathematics, (7) be receptive to questions of a general nature, (8) make clear the role of definition in mathematics, (9) get to know students individually as much as possible, and (10) avoid teaching"at" the students. This article is reprinted from "Effective College Teaching: The Quest for Relevance." (Author/RS)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, College Faculty, College Mathematics, Instruction, Mathematical Applications, Mathematics, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Methods
Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics, Central Office, P.O. Box 1024, Berkeley, Calif. 94701 (Free)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mathematical Association of America, Berkeley, CA. Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics.