When I found that I could teach calculus to a third grader, I expected a response of amazement and even a few pats on the back, but instead I received threats
Nya, MN (PRWEB) September 30, 2009
When Daniel Frederick, a math tutor and the founder of http://www.MathEducationResources.com, taught calculus to a third grade student, he was amazed at the response he received from the student's school teachers.
"When I found that I could teach calculus to a third grader, I expected a response of amazement and even a few pats on the back, but instead I received threats," said Frederick. "I could barely believe what I was hearing. I was told that if I didn't stop teaching the child that I would be charged with child abuse and child endangerment, because no child that age should know calculus."
However, Frederick was convinced he had just experienced a breakthrough, because after seven short weeks the student he worked with was able to do calculus nearly at college level. Frederick utilized an unprecedented approach to education which first involved training the mind.
"The mind works best in one of two modes, in the first mode, the mind wants to do the same thing all the time, in the second, the mind wants to do new things all the time," said Frederick. "The first step to education is shifting the mind over to the second mode where it wants to do new things, because the mind does not work well between the two modes, and tends to become frustrated, error prone and forgetful."
Frederick hopes to discuss his unique approach to education more in-depth on his new blog at http://www.MathEducationResourcesBlog.com.
"When teaching math, it's often useful to direct the person who is learning, whether that's an adult or a child, to topics of personal interest," said Frederick. "Once that interest is established, it can be expanded, allowing the teacher to lead the student into other areas. Teaching math about someone's personal interests tends to require a little creative intuition, but it is possible, because there is some math involved in all activities."
Those looking for creative and original math education resources will find a fast friend in Frederick with his innovative approach to learning and the extensive selection of math supplies offered through his website.
About the Company:
MathEducationResources.com is owned and operated by Daniel Frederick, a math tutor and advocate for math in schools.