In-Depth is here. The 2nd major event in the TALONS year is finally upon us. I have been thinking about it since the start of the school year. It took me a long time to decide on a topic, but eventually I chose one. I decided that I wanted to learn how to teach people math. I have always wanted to learn how to be better at teaching, and math seems like the obvious subject for me. I have always loved math and during this project I want to explore it in was that I haven’t before. I have also wanted to be able to teach mathematical concepts to everyday people. I also wanted to learn about more creative ways to teach math, and learning about those will give me experience in the future for any tutoring and/or teaching that I want to do. I think that to truly understand something, you have to be able to teach it. In the words of Aristotle, “Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.”
The next step was finding a mentor. I wanted to find a mentor who was a teacher that taught in creative ways. I wanted to find someone with a unique teaching style so I could learn the basis behind their teaching style. When I mentioned to my mom that I was looking for teacher, she told me that one of her friends was a teacher. After chatting on the phone for a few minutes, she agreed to be my mentor. She teaches at Coquitlam River Elementary School and has a very unique teaching style. She integrates technology into her everyday teaching and was recently awarded a class set of iPads from a pilot project that encourages the use of technology in elementary schools. I know that this project is going to super fast-paced and it will be super exciting to learn about teaching for the next five months.
During the my in-depth study, there are lots of small projects that I will be doing. I will create at least five educational videos. The videos will try to teach understanding, not just knowledge, of mathematical concepts. Throughout the project, I will be trying to teach volunteers math concepts and documenting my successes and failures. I will have the volunteers rate my teaching skills out of 10. I will try to gradually improve at teaching throughout the course of the study and by the end I should be a better teacher and a better student.