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If I could be completely honest, I never really thought about teaching math from a
biblical view. I was very interested in reading this introduction and how these would connect. It
now makes complete sense to me from these readings. Specifically, how the Bible tells us the
where, why, what, and how about math. God created the earth and its consistency using math and
God’s faithfulness to us. It shows us how just as we must be consistent in our love and
faithfulness in God, we must do the same to completely understand and learn math because math
has those same consistencies. The section of this reading that stuck out to me the most as well as
excites me for the remainder of this book were the four main tactics that are used to “reveal”
math concepts. Rewording the presentation and making sure students know why and how the
rules work and describe a real-life consistency. As well as sharing the history of the concept so
students can see it from a biblical viewpoint. Also, applying the concept in a real-life situation. I
think one of the biggest complaints people have about learning math is how they will never use it
in real-life. We should not simply learn math to show our intellect, but use it as a way to connect
to God and to use and apply the knowledge in our own life. Lastly, using the concept to explore
an aspect of creation. Using it to figure out how God created the world, our bodies, and anything
outside of a textbook using it as a real-life tool.
Ivy, I enjoyed reading your discussion post. The part that really resonated with me is where you
shared the quote “A mathematical theory is not to be considered complete until you have made it
so clear that you can explain it to the first man whom you meet on the street.” This is very true,
and can be applied not only in math but in all learning as well. I think because math is one of the
more difficult subjects for students to grasp this is a very beneficial and efficient way to help
ensure that students are grasping the concept being taught. It also reminds me of one of my
favorite teaching quotes by Benjamin Franklin, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn.”
Jennifer, I enjoyed reading your discussion part. I never really thought about it but like you I too
struggle with teaching the “why”. I’m going to make it a point to be more aware of this and make
more of an effort to teach my students the “why’s” and the importance of the reasoning that we
are learning the things we are learning. Like you mentioned when concerning the teachings of
math sometimes the formulas we were presented with weren’t explained in an informative way
but rather a “this is formula, and this is how you solve it” way. It could be very beneficial for us
as educators to share the “why” of the formula and a connection we can use in real-life.