What Are Elementary Mathematics Teachers Expected to Know?

  • Shlomo Vinner
Part of the Mathematics in Mind book series (MATHMIN)


In this chapter I discuss the possible answers to the above question. First of all I recommend to them not to be arrogant (unfortunately, it still happens), and not to disparage pupils who have difficulties in mathematics. These students can be brilliant in other domains. Moreover, it is important to make teachers aware of the reasons for teaching mathematics.

Of course, teachers are supposed to master the mathematics they teach (content knowledge). They are also expected to know pedagogical knowledge. They are expected to understand the typical mistakes of their students. I try to draw the profile of a typical elementary mathematics teacher based on many teachers that I have met as a teacher trainer. I found them dedicated people who love kids and love to help their intellectual and emotional development.

It is unfair to them to criticize their weakness in mathematics. One shouldconsider their contribution to the emotional and the intellectual development of their pupils. If you consider that, then their weakness in mathematics is negligible.


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  • Shlomo Vinner
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  1. 1.The Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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