ERIC Number: EJ852275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Reference Count: 3
Become "Environmentally" Aware
Allen, Rob; Chval, Kathryn B.
Teaching Children Mathematics, v16 n1 p28-33 Aug 2009
This article shares how elementary teacher Rob Allen realized what it means to create an effective classroom mathematics environment. Through self-reflection on his teaching, observing some students' negative attitudes and low self-esteem, and examining the type of questions and activities taking place in the classroom, Allen understood that the environment had to change. As his classroom environment transformed into a more productive mathematical community, Allen observed his students working harder and becoming more considerate of one another. Furthermore, they felt comfortable sharing their mathematical thinking and reasoning. They valued the mathematical contributions of their peers. Students also appreciated the value in discussing incorrect responses as much as they did correct ones. Students were willing to ask for help and to seek out classmates who needed assistance. It was common to see students walking around the classroom and asking, "Does anyone need help?" In a sense, they were not willing to let a classmate fail.
Descriptors: Negative Attitudes, Classroom Environment, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Student Attitudes, Self Esteem, Teacher Student Relationship, Peer Relationship, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Help Seeking, Helping Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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