This chapter explores the author’s personal journey in teaching math and traces her path from teacher controlled work toward beginning to implement student user driven learning strategies in math. It begins by spelling out the need for different math learning strategies and progresses to illustrate student user output which she has savored over the years. Finally it emphasizes the importance of letting go. She culminates the chapter with an attempt to express the inspiration that directed her journey.
This chapter is a reflection of my 16 year journey in learning to teach math to school children…
My inquiry into a different system of math teaching started when I saw the way some children arrived in my classes with broken self esteem due to their failure in learning the subject.
I felt the need for a different math – The way of joy!
My journey has spanned explorations into ‘what works, how and why?’ I have worked on instilling skills of math, but focused more on developing a healthy attitude to math and one’s relation with it. I have worked on building in children the ‘emotional strength’ to face their aptitude as it is. Through this quest, I am approaching a system of math that uses multiple strategies of teaching. This chapter is an accumulation of few of the strategies.
It is working for me!