Instructor of Mathematics
Thomas Moss, Jr. Campus
Walker Building - Room 3233
My Philosophy of Learning and Teaching
You learn best by doing, by making mistakes, correcting them and learning from them, and succeeding in the end.
- Getting answers is not what mathematics is about. Learning concepts, processes and relationships is what mathematics is about. Mathematics is a way of thinking, a way of communicating.
- I will emphasize that you learn concepts, processes and relationships by challenging you to think through problems. I will ask you questions more often than simply give you answers to help you develop your mathematical thinking skills.
- In the study of mathematics, you need to be a puzzle master, a detective. The parts to solving a problem are either given to you or need to be brought to the problem by you from prior knowledge. Sometime the parts are obvious and the way is clear. Sometimes the parts are buried more deeply and the way is long or winding. It is your experience and your ability to think that allows you to bring the parts of the puzzle together and lead to your "solving the case."