Mathematics for Teaching Category: Geometry

Category: Geometry

Tips for Teaching Proofs and Proving

I propose here ideas teachers need to know and pay attention to when teaching mathematical proofs and how to prove. A. What is a (mathematical) proof? I define proof as a relational network of claims (propositions and conclusions), substantiation (established knowledge that makes the claim legitimate) and appropriate connectives so sequenced to justify why the conclusion is a…

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Unpacking mathematics – a geometry example

Engineers, mathematicians, and mathematics teachers all deal with mathematics but it is only the math teacher who talks about math to non-mathspeakers and initiate them to ‘mathspeak’. To do this, the math teachers should be able to ‘unpack’ for the students the mathematics that mathematicians for years have been so busy ‘packing’ (generalising and abstracting)…

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