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ERIC Number: EJ868972
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
From Calculating to Calculus
Steckroth, Jeffrey J.
Teaching Children Mathematics, v16 n5 p292-299 Dec 2009
For nearly three decades, during which the author taught everything from basic algebra to advanced placement calculus, the author thought of himself as a secondary school mathematics teacher. The notion of teaching elementary school math never appealed to him because of its simplicity. The author stresses that anyone could teach children to count, add, subtract, multiply, divide, and work with fractions, decimals, and percents. As the semester unfolded, the author realized just how fundamental the mathematics in the elementary grades is for success at higher levels. Activities that seem routine at first have a way of transforming into rich, multilayered tasks with broad appeal and bountiful connections among mathematical topics. In this article, the author shares a lesson involving the creation of a multiplication table that led his methods class and him on a mathematical excursion across grade levels. In teaching this lesson, the author learned that elementary school mathematics is not elementary at all; it is the cornerstone for all the mathematics that students study in the middle grades and high school--even calculus. (Contains 2 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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