The Art of Teaching

If you read my previous post, then you know that one of the problems with math education today (if not THE problem) is that people just don’t treat mathematics as an art form. Not only is mathematics a form of art, but so is teaching. Sadly, it seems that more and more steps are being taken to standardize curriculum and teaching methods.

Here are some great thoughts from the awesomely named blog Mathy McMatherson on the art of teaching:

Teaching is my favorite form of artistic creation, on par with the more traditional forms of art such as painting, poetry, or musical composition. These artists start with a blank canvas, an empty page, or dead air – we start with an open mind. We leave our impressions on our students with the lessons we conduct and the structure of our classroom – we carve out a space for learning and growth and, in the process, plant the seeds of knowledge, confidence, and leadership in our students.

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