The majority of students aiming to teach elementary school have poor mathematical preparation, in some case even a severe dislike of the subject. They also lack of confidence in their mathematical abilities. And these are people who will be teaching mathematics to your children, grandchildren and your future students. University mathematics instructors have been complaining for years about the preparation of first year university students. There is ample research showing that people’s attitudes to mathematics are mostly formed by the time they finish grade 5. So shouldn’t we be investing more into educating those who have a crucial role in introducing the next generation to mathematics?
I will talk about the evolution of the Math for Teachers course at SFU, its influence on similar courses at other BC institutions, and its influence on our enrichment programs.