This past week in EMTH, we talked a lot about lesson plans. From what consists of lesson plan to looking at the curriculum of different math classes that are taught in high school. This got me thinking of how I will use what I learn in this class in the classroom when I teach.

The first thing I have learned is that it is a good idea to give a variety of questions for assignments. For instance, it is a good to start with questions to make sure they understand the concept. Then, there should be problems that I talked about in a previous reflection, which were questions that make math problematic for students. These questions can help students put everything they know to use and make them have to really think about how to arrive to an answer. These questions can be solved by using different strategies by students which may not be used if the questions were easier. Overall, I think it is important to challenge students even if it sometimes frustrates them because at the end of the day it will help them learn.

One thing that I need to remember is that everyone is different and therefore will have different thinking processes. This will apply to the classroom because students will sometimes have different methods of solving problems. It may be different then what I will teach but still be right and as long as they explain how they got their answer I think it is good to have different methods. In the textbook teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving Grades 6-12 written by Harold Schoen and Randall Charles it states: “ […] the best way to gain deeper understanding of a subject is to search for better methods to solve problems.” I think that is a good way to look at this because with all the problems that we have done in this class I remember them because we looked at a lot of different methods to solve the problems. I found that this was also helpful in different high school and university math classes because when we looked at different ways to come to the solutions to problems it helped me understand them better.

Those are just two examples of what I have taken from my class so far. I have learnt a lot from this class that I will use in the classroom from lesson planning to teaching. The examples I have talked about in this reflection are some things that I think are very important which is why I wanted to talk about them.