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Running Head: WHAT MATHEMATICS MEANS TO ME AS A TEACHER AND LEARNER What Mathematics Means to Me as a Teacher and Learner Shenika KilpatrickConcordia University-PortlandEDCI 526Dr. Luanne Schnase
2What Mathematics Means to Me as a Teacher and LearnerMathematical concepts are easy for some students to grasp and can be a challenge for others. Everyone’s brain is designed differently due to the fact of this, each person learns mathematics in a variety of ways from visual, kinesthetic, auditory, and reading/writing learner (Shattuck, 2016). Depending on the way the student learns decides how the student will react to the mathematical subject. Whenever a student has a disregard for the concepts in mathematics, this means the student has lost it love for numbers and in return has lost its motivation to learn. I feel that in order for me to teach and learn mathematics effectively is to learn my students learning styles and to motivate them (the students) so that they can have a passion for learning mathematics. “Students show that more students are motivated and succeed in classes where teachers use activities that address the various intelligences” (Sousa, 2015, p.67). To motivate my students in learning mathematics, I would start with a simple motivation survey to see what my students feelings are towards mathematics. Sousa (2015) states that “a motivation