How do I write a good personal reflection? Often, it is written by an individual to explore personal experiences, feelings and events.
Reflections on Teaching Mathematics J. Sashidhar and Kabir Jaitheertha Those of us who love mathematics and teach it, see that it is intrinsically beautiful. Perhaps we would agree with J. Krishnamurti when he says 'mathematics is infinite order' - Why then are so many children in almost all cultures frightened or bored by mathematics?
We as teachers seem to convey to the child a sense of fear and helplessness, instead of beauty, with regard to mathematics. Is it possible to teach in such a way that students learn mathematics with a sense of joy and excitement?
Is there a way of teaching mathematics whereby both teacher and student learn also about themselves? In this short paper we explore some of these issues. Although our observations have come out of the teaching of mathematics, perhaps they are true for the teaching of other subjects as well.
We would like to first address the question - what is the right atmosphere for learning to take place? We have found that it is imperative for the child to feel completely secure in a classroom in order that learning takes place. For a child to feel completely secure there has to be an absence of fear, pressure and comparison.
Although traditionally authority and comparison have been means by which students are motivated to learn a subject, we find to the contrary that authority breeds fear and comparison leads to a feeling of insecurity.
When a child is subject to a great deal of pressure, we find that it kills her natural curiosity to learn and replaces it with a feeling of drudgery.
We are then faced with the question — how does one bring about a quality of attention in the child which is not the result of fear? Can a teacher bring to the class a quality of attention in himself which communicates to the child, and which neither demands authority nor creates comparison?
We have found that a feeling of insecurity can become acute in some children when they study mathematics. Mathematics traditionally taught at all levels seems to give the impression that there is only one way to solve a given problem. There is really no room for discussion, where the student can contribute at a level comparable to the teacher.
Since all information flows from the teacher, students immediately set him up as an authority. But in fact the very nature of mathematics can be used to negate these impressions. Mathematical truths are not authoritative statements. The student can find out for herself what is true. The teacher can encourage the student to question everything that is said, to look for alternate ways of solving problems, so that the teacher and student can engage in free discussion.
In addition, he can expose the students to open-ended problems, i.
Fortunately there are many sources where one can find suitable material and we have included a short list at the end of this paper. Working on these problems together with the teacher removes, if only for a brief period, the distinction between the teacher and the taught. It also allows students to watch the problem solving process first-hand.
Mathematics lends itself naturally to a process of inquiry and exploration.2 Example A reflection on teaching and learning Language Chinese Level Secondary Teacher Toni Chen (SA) In the following reflection a teacher discusses her practice in the light of intercultural language teaching and learning.
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Many blog posts are written in this style. However you may also be required to write a Personal Reflection within an academic context. In the English classroom, personal reflections are usually a response to what you’re studying.
For example, you may be required to offer a personal reflection during examinations. Student Self-Assessment & Reflections Student Self-Assessment & Reflection Form educational, living, and personal and social environments.
Transition assessments aid in developing appropriate measureable postsecondary goals related to education/training, employment, and. Teaching Statement Mike Limarzi For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for mathematics. In grade school, math was more fun than work to me.
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