Teaching and Learning

There are great websites on the internet to help students learn math or to help teachers with classroom management, materials, preparation and even complete lessons.  While those website are great for students looking to shore up some inefficiencies in procedure or maybe refresh their memory on a topic once mastered, I do not believe they offer a long term solution for those students that are really struggling.

There's a problem with how math is taught, especially in remediation.  Students don't struggle because they don't have access to the information but because they fail to integrate the information.  Students learn steps in isolation. There is no occurrence where students learn some aspect of mathematics and it is enveloped into their existing body of mathematical understanding.  This is because math is taught, too often, by way of process and procedure.

What makes this site different is that the focus here is on building conceptual foundations, from which procedure is derived.  I've spent the past decade refining my teaching methods and have struck a good balance between concept and procedure in my instruction and I'd like to share that here with other teachers and students.

Each subject covered will have a section for students and for teachers. There will be review lessons for students, with practice problems, as well as full-course lessons available for teachers.  Please visit frequently as updates are being made continually.  Also check out the blog for tips on everything from math-skills to teacher advice.

Thank you for your time,

 

Philip Brown

The Bearded Math Man