Student misconceptions should not be seen as hurdles but boons in the path of learning. Our tendency, as teachers, to correct our students when they are wrong causes more harm than help in their learning journey. It is time that we learnt to use their misconceptions to help our students unravel the concepts they are to learn themselves.
Chintan Girish Modi
Teaching is a very stressful profession and suggesting that the teacher address her tensions and stresses on her own is being unkind to her. The stress and tension that the teacher goes through is not always of her own creation, the school is equally responsible for her situation and so should take care of her as she must of herself.
The best way to teach math, especially at the primary level, is through games. Teach place value, addition/subtraction and estimation through these games.
A teacher not only teaches her students but also cares for them and this can cause her a lot of emotional and mental stress. Care-giving requires you to be empathetic, understanding, patient, and emotionally available to your students. In the process of giving so much, teachers hardly notice, until too late, that they are experiencing symptoms of burn out. Teachers should constantly be alert and aware of their own emotional well-being and take care of themselves as much as they do their students.
We all agree that teaching is a strenuous job and while we identify several reasons for this, we never look at care giving as a possible cause that leads to teacher stress and burn out. Of all her different roles and responsibilities, care giving takes a lot from the teacher, both mentally and physically and this is why the school should build a system to care for and support their teachers.