Mathematics is a subject that many students find intimidating and difficult. A good mathematics teacher, on the other hand, can make or break a student’s learning experience. Even the most complex mathematical concepts can be simplified and easily understood by a skilled mathematics teacher. Today, Mr. Gueye Ibrahima, a Mathematics Faculty at DAUST, will discuss the qualities of a great mathematics teacher and how they can make a difference in the lives of their students. Mr. Gueye Ibrahima has been teaching for more than a decade and loves every minute of it.
Mr. Gueye has been fascinated by mathematics since his childhood. While other students saw it as difficult, he saw it as exciting. He developed a strong interest in the subject early in his academic career. “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life” he said. ”So, I’m doing what I enjoy.”
He went to the United States to further his education after receiving his BAC from Lamine Gueye’s High School. Mr. Gueye graduated from Central Piedmont Community College with an Associate Degree in Computer Science and from Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Finance. In addition, he holds a second Master’s Degree in Science, specifically Mathematics, from Chicago State University (CSU).
He began as a Teaching Assistant in his second year at CSU and quickly fell in love with the profession. It was rewarding for him to assist struggling students in overcoming their Mathematics challenges. Furthermore, he enjoys the part where he never stops learning. The concepts he taught students were understood, and he was able to deepen his understanding in the process.
‘Any professor can teach intelligent students. The challenge is figuring out how to take struggling students and put them in a situation where they can regain confidence and trust in their abilities to succeed. Asked why is it important to understand such a concept, he replied ”I must admit that it is difficult and a constant struggle. I’d like to say that I’ve had complete success in that endeavor. Sadly, this is not the case. But it’s very rewarding to see struggling students who keep working hard and have grit go through the process of overcoming their challenges. Seeing the progression of students’ academic achievement is invaluable.”
Mr. Gueye is completely dedicated to teaching because he has a heavy teaching load at DAUST. As a result, his activity outside the classroom is centered on refining his lectures, updating contents, and incorporating end-of-semester student feedback in order to deliver the most effective lectures.
His main challenge is to contextualize lectures and make them relevant and interesting to learn. He believes that if an instructor can do that, he or she has the attention of the students. Another issue is the short attention span of this new generation of students. It is always difficult to keep their attention for the duration of the class. Making students an integral part of the lecture is one of the strategies he employs to overcome the challenge: “My students understand that they are expected to answer questions and propose answers to questions from either me or their classmates during class. He also uses a method he calls Live in Class Assessment; it’s a quick assessment strategy done during class that informs me about how well students understand concepts before moving on to a more advanced topic. It allows the class to be dynamic and also helps keep students’ attention during class time.”
He tries to inspire students to be dedicated to whatever they do. It is also necessary to have a strong work ethic. He also advises them to be punctual and to complete tasks as efficiently as possible. Instill critical thinking and the ability to solve problems, not only in mathematics but also in real-life situations. He considers a career in academia to be a vocation. It is essential to be enthusiastic about teaching and learning. It’s also a fantastic way to contribute to the growth of our country.
He relies on new articles, online publications, and social media connections to institutions associated with science and engineering to stay current in mathematics.
Mr. Gueye sets a remarkable example of what it means to be a great teacher. His unwavering dedication to his students, uncompromising adherence to ethical standards, and innovative pedagogical approaches make him an inspiration to others in the field of education. With his tireless efforts to create a positive learning environment, Mr. Gueye is not only imparting knowledge to his students but also instilling in them a lifelong love of learning. His excellence as an educator serves as a beacon for others to follow and is a testament to the profound impact that a dedicated teacher can have on the lives of his students.
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