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ESSAY TOPIC: For this project, develop a story of your own learning – and teaching – journey. If you are not currently teaching you may, nonetheless, write about what you will or would do in the future, or indeed what you might have done differently in the past.

This course, “Foundations of Teaching for Learning: Introduction” has had such a great impact on my learning and approach to teaching. I have been amazed at a number of the concepts/ideas that I have been introduced to in this course. Even though I have a background in Mathematics Education from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, a number of the things dealt with in this course have helped shaped my perspective in teaching and learning. I teach Mathematics in Grade 10 – 12 in a High School in Ghana. Among the many ideas that have been discussed, one that I have looked at with keen interest and has had lots of impact on my learning as well as my approach to teaching is, “The World of Childhood”.
This concept basically explains the three worlds of childhood, the interactions between them and the effect they have on teaching and learning. They are; The Academic world, The Social World and the Cyber (internet, ICT etc.) world (John Macbeath, 2015). From the lectures, the role of every teaching is to make connections meaningfully among these three worlds.
As a mathematics teacher, this concept has helped me to relate my teaching to the other worlds in which the child is found. In carrying out instruction, I include a number of ICT related activities. For instance, in teaching “Graphing Linear functions”, I draw on the student’s background in the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to construct the table of values and later use it to plot the graph. A number of the students enjoyed doing this as they could easily do it and it was a lot more fun. Sometimes, I present my instruction through the use of Microsoft…...

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