Today my Teaching and Learning Middle Grades Mathematics course ends a unit on learning mathematics. This follows a unit on doing mathematics. At the beginning of this unit, we took a simile survey that asked respondents to complete the following:
Ideally, a mathematics learner is like a(n):
- Choose the simile that you believe best describes a mathematics learner and explain your choice.
- Choose the simile that does the worst job of describing a mathematics learner and explain your choice.
- Is there another simile that does a better job than these of describing a mathematics learner? If there is, then what is it and what makes it better than these?
This survey is based on an instrument I used in my doctoral research to measure beliefs about doing, learning, and teaching mathematics.
How would you complete this simile survey?