Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Teacher's Job

Someone must have suggested this idea to me, but I don't know who, when, where it came from.

Let's imagine a new image of teaching:
There are bundles of packaged and organized mathematical concepts, ideas, or units.
It's the teacher’s job to get that bundle unpacked before the students come in, so that they can experience the natural questions and packing and organization that they do themselves.
Rather than simply describing the still packed bundles, or unpacking and repacking them in a powerpoint.


  1. "Rather than cover many topics, I prefer to uncover a few". (Hermann Weyl?)

    Not quite the same idea, but similar in spirit.

  2. I'm working at a tutorial center and had to teach kids having difficulty with Math starting from multiplication. It's our task to simplify Math by avoiding too much equation and focus on real world problems where Math is applicable.