The highest calling of today’s education system is to equip students with the characteristics and skills needed to navigate the ever-changing 21st century global economy as adults. We talk a lot about how to engage students and make them better learners, but how often do we step back and consider how to make ourselves better educators? The success of our students and the effectiveness of the education system as a whole starts and ends with the teacher.
Before you can help others learn, you must be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to convey information in a compelling manner.
Teachers truly play incredible roles in students’ lives and especially in the lives of Mathematics students. That is why our 20 “commandments” below appropriately summarizes why our handbooks for Mathematics tutors are important. Keeping these “commandments” in mind the next time you plan a lesson or activity for your students can help you push your class to love mathematics. Don’t be surprised if your class is suddenly looking forward to mathematics time because you’ve successfully made learning more meaningful.
However, what tutors can provide to their students may ultimately depend on the type of school they are working in. Teaching experiences are shaped by a large number of variables, including student preparation, class size, resources, and other demands on our time. Because of this, the things that teachers who work at ivy league schools are able to do in the classroom often are not feasible for other teachers. Also things that worked well in a class of 20 students might not scale well to a class of 60 students. However, rather than finding all the ways that techniques cannot be applied to your classes teachers should look for ways to transform that solution into something that will work for them.
In applying the 20 “commandments” to their work tutors need to remember not all our proposals can apply to all situations in all schools. No passion and creativity can survive increasing class size, low salaries and decimation of support by school management. To affect the lives of their students genuinely and positively mathematics tutors may have to apply self-generated ingenuity and lots of patience and experience. We also know that no two teachers can experience teaching in the same way. We have different personalities, different styles, and allow for organized chaos in different ways.
10 PERSONAL COMMANDMENTS FOR PASSIONATE MATHEMATICS TEACHERS
- Activate the attributes of passionate teachers in your classrooms
- Accept that teaching mathematics is a tough but sacred calling
- Emphasize to students why mathematics matter in their lives
- Ensure your proficiency in mathematics is noticeable daily
- Convince yourself you can raise mathematics teaching standards in Nigeria
- Learn how to teach mathematics with passion
- Remember that reducing your students’ anxiety is supreme
- Do not regard mathematics growth mindset as just a modern buzz word
- Promote your students’ mental toughness for mathematics
- Upgrade your mathematics teaching skills regularly
10 CLASSROOM COMMANDMENTS FOR PASSIONATE MATHEMATICS TEACHERS
- Determine to change what everyone thinks about mathematics teachers
- Planning is key to effective teaching
- Speak with conviction and make your classroom active
- Demonstrate application of mathematics concepts to reality
- Humanize your mathematics classrooms
- Use teaching aids and technology your school can afford to provide
- Set ground rules for classroom behavior and discipline
- Smash mathematics myths and inspire weak students
- Teach students mathematics study methods
- Ask questions, provide homework, tests, and feedback on performances
EXTRACTED FROM OUR MATHEMATICS HANDBOOKS DUE FOR PUBLICATION LATER THIS YEAR
- HOW TO OVERCOME YOUR FEAR OF MATHEMATICS
- HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR MATHEMATICS STUDY SKILLS
- WHAT DO MATHEMATICS EXAMINERS WANT OF YOU?
- A HANDBOOK FOR PASSIONATE MATHEMATICS TEACHERS
- STRATEGIES FOR A SUCCESSFUL MATHEMATICS CLASSROOM
- A HANDBOOK FOR MATHEMATICS INTERVENTIONS IN NIGERIAN SCHOOLS
- AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MATHEMATICS FOR NIGERIAN SCHOOLS