Doing, Teaching, Learning and Thinking About Mathematics – On Becoming a Transformative Teacher
I solved many mathematical problems till today - countless academic problems inside the classroom, and a few pragmatic problems outside. At the beginning of my teaching career, I spent significant time convincing my students that mathematics teaching is an algorithmic problem solving of routine mathematical items to get the correct answers. Afterwards, I slowly took a shift from doing mathematics to teaching mathematics, identifying lots of tricks, tips and techniques. I spent more than a decade to train myself with better techniques to become a better mathematics teacher seeking better achievements of students in written tests. Later on, I engaged myself as a math learner and sought the significance of the methods I employed to teach the mathematical concepts, relation, and logics. I am now at the crossroads of searching better alternatives that help students learn mathematics in a meaningful way. I frequently ask myself why I am teaching mathematics. What does a good mathematics teacher mean? What we do is largely guided by what we believe. Questioning on the widely accepted assumptions, examining the deep-rooted beliefs for the positive shift, and highlighting the epiphanies of my professional life could be very essential on becoming a transformative teacher. In this paper, I portray my narratives as a student and as a mathematics teacher to explain my shift towards becoming a transformative teacher. Through my verisimilitude narratives, I invite readers to examine their beliefs and practices on teaching mathematics, and envisage for better alternatives being aware of their limitations and contexts.
Copyright (c) 2018 Journal of Education and Research
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.