배종수 교수는 2004년 10월 14일 미국 Holy Trinity Elementary School에서 미국 1학년 학생들을 한 시간 동안 직접 수학을 가르친 내용을 중심으로 미국 PANTAGRAPH 신문에서는 'A clown for math' 라는 제목으로 다음과 같이 보되臼느? 사진은 화일에 첨부하였음.
Friday, October 15, 2004
A clown for math
S. Korean professor brings his teaching style to Holy Trinity
By Rebecca Loda
BLOOMINGTON -- Jong Soo Bae stood in front of the classroom, wearing a clown suit and holding three apples and four lollipops.
But the emphasis was not on his appearance or the candy. Bae, a professor visiting Illinois State University from South Korea, was giving a mathematics lesson to first-graders at Holy Trinity Elementary School.
"I cannot say anything," he told students as he held up objects. "Only moving motion."
While Bae used pantomime, students drew what they saw and created mathematical equations on worksheets. The final step was to create a word problem based on the pantomime.
Bae is a professor of mathematics education at Seoul National University of Education.
He has been at ISU for two months and will be visiting for at least one year.
He calls himself a "missionary of mathematics education" who will travel anywhere to assist others.
"He wants to try out his model of math education, which is very popular in Korea," said Do-Yong Park, an assistant professor in ISU's College of Education. "He's going to do research with American students."
Park said Bae is very well-known in his native country. A professor at Truman State University in Missouri has been working for a decade to translate books Bae has written into English.
"We met them and explored the possibility of publishing in the United States," said Park, who is hopeful it will be done.
Two students in Sue Norman's class were excited to perform their own pantomimes -- complete with a clown suit and colorful wig -- for classmates. Students also were very creative when it came to creating their own word problems.
"I have four body parts and one surfboard," one boy said when asked to illustrate adding four and one to equal five.
Norman said the lesson was a change for her students, who do not normally use worksheets in class.
The format required adjustment for the class.
"I think this is very interesting," she said. "It's something they're not used to."