Date of Award

Spring 1991

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Harold Melnick


This study was based on my experience as a new teacher, teaching math to a group of third graders. The purpose was to examine my methods of planning and teaching in order to better understand how I was learning and changing my views on teaching math. I gathered information by reading educational theorists, observing the children in my group, recording anecdotes and writing about my planning process. I gained inspiration from readings of Piaget's and other cognitive theorists, I gained insights from the ways my children responded to my lessons and I discovered that using manipulatives, examples that the children could relate to and a touch of fun were the foundations of my teaching philosophy.


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