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What is the required mathematical background of a US elementary school math teacher?

Based on my experience in the US, most school districts teachers teach all subjects including mathematics in the elementary schools. There typically aren't "mathematics teachers" at this level ...
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What is the required mathematical background of a US elementary school math teacher?

Supporting the answer by Brian Borchers, and also the comment by aparante001: K-6 elementary teachers in the U.S. will know effectively zero math, or even a negative amount of math in many cases. It's ...
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What is the required mathematical background of a US elementary school math teacher?

Despite what the negative answers, there are elementary teachers who are good at math. I count myself among them. The problem is that there are a broad range of abilities and attitudes among those ...
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Algebra 2 textbooks that incorrectly claim that all solutions of polynomial equations can be found

At the moment, I can answer bullet point two: Are there any high school textbooks that explicitly acknowledge that the methods included in the text are not adequate to solve all 3rd and 4th degree ...
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What is gratifying in being a mathematics teacher?

Since one point was not made very forcefully in the other answers: I like teaching mathematics because, even on the worst days, I get to talk/think/engage about mathematics... which I somehow find ...
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Confirmation bias in math education

Is the teacher's confirmation bias a serious problem? Yes and this is not specific to math class. Example of Confirmation Bias in Assessment On Monday, the teacher thinks: "If my students have ...
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Elementary Teacher Math specialist/ Basic Math Minor

The top priority should be ensuring that elementary education majors have a deep and mathematically-sound understanding of elementary school mathematics. They need to (re)learn the core mathematics ...
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What is gratifying in being a mathematics teacher?

With respect to Benjamin's answer, the top reason in his graphic "to make a difference." I received the note above at the end of the last school year. The first few reasons listed are slight ...
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Teaching math by serving it as games with rules first, not intuition?

You may be overestimating how much students learn from symbolic rules. Most textbooks already teach symbolic rules first then put word problems last. This is backasswards. Most students succeed at ...
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What is the required mathematical background of a US elementary school math teacher?

Here are the requirements for Teacher Certification in Massachusetts: The Massachusetts Teaching and Certification Resource Become a Teacher in Massachusetts An image pasted from the latter link: ...
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What is gratifying in being a mathematics teacher?

Since the other posts here are positive, I'll go ahead and say that it's not, or at least not necessarily, gratifying. You're talking about undergrad-level education, presumably something like ...
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What is the required mathematical background of a US elementary school math teacher?

Academic, applied, and research math is the world where you come from. [Edit: Much of] Elementary "math" is a whole different world. If you want to know why quotation marks are literally necessary ...
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Limit of questions that a student should ask in class without upsetting professor?

I think this depends a lot on the type of questions (or rather prompts); If you keep asking the professor "again, please", you shouldn't do it perhaps more than once. Most likely, (s)he will repeat ...
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Limit of questions that a student should ask in class without upsetting professor?

How many times one can ask a given professor a question depends on the professor. There are professors who do not like questions ("this is not a good question"). There are professors who will forget ...
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Elementary Teacher Math specialist/ Basic Math Minor

[Caveat, I'm just a citizen, not a teach.] I like it. Call it a "math ed minor" to clarify it is different from say a chemist getting a "math minor". I think the two remedial ...
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How do I become a Scarer?

To answer your question, this practice can be prevented by promoting Carole Dweck's Growth Mindsets or Self-theories. Mindsets or Self-theories are people’s beliefs about human attributes, including ...
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What is gratifying in being a mathematics teacher?

I would answer it with a story: My aunt whom I stay with is a Math lecturer for last 21 years and she tells me things happening everyday. From all that, what I could collect is this: The starting ...
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Limit of questions that a student should ask in class without upsetting professor?

As a math professor myself, I want to point out one of the biggest things students in your position tend to forget: you are not alone. If you're confused about something, odds are that lots of other ...
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Who are in the current top 10-20 applied mathematics educators and in what fields?

Maybe look at recipients of major prizes in applied mathematics? Norbert Wiener Prize, William Benter Prize, John von Neumann Lecture, ...
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Algebra 2 textbooks that incorrectly claim that all solutions of polynomial equations can be found

I think every textbook I've used for pre-calculus (at community college level) has the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra in it, so I add the context that, "Yeah, we know there are n solutions to an nth ...
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Teaching math by serving it as games with rules first, not intuition?

The approach you envision aligns with that of the Bourbaki group. They espoused a formal, self-contained, and abstract approach to mathematics. Their thinking influenced the School Mathematics Study ...
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Inefficient methods

The three methods for solving for the zeros of a quadratic equation - Factoring (and perhaps realizing that when the discriminant isn't a perfect square, no integer solution) Completing the Square - ...
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CoTeaching Elementary Linear Algebra

This is a student perspective. In Moscow (during my third year) I took an algebraic topology course which was split between class lecture and a problem-solving session. These roles were not strictly ...
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Confirmation bias in math education

I do not see how any of these examples are confirmation bias. if the teacher suspects that the student has some problem, he will try to help before checking if it really is that problem; Not ...
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