Oftentimes the main objective of mathematics is viewed as finding the correct answer, but it is much more than that. It is about training the mind to think abstractly when faced with a problem; applying what is already known to the unknown. In mathematics, concepts build on each other and become more complex as a student moves up in grade level. Activating student’s prior knowledge plays a critical role in students making connections to previous topics. I can help students recognize the connections between concepts and guide them in discovering a relationship between them.

As an educator, it is imperative to be aware of the needs of every student in the classroom, taking into account that everyone comes from different backgrounds. Doing this will allow me to gauge the level of knowledge and understanding they possess from the very beginning. Supporting students and building positive relationships with them is a critical attribute when gaining respect from them. Learning about a student’s interests and incorporating them into lessons can make it more engaging and meaningful to their learning. By taking the needs and interest of my students into account, I can provide a student-centered curriculum approach. This course of action will allow the students to have a say in the lesson and ultimately intrinsically motivate them.