We all believe were good teachers, yet also we all believe we can improve. Our training and experience, and occasional validation by our peers helps us feel good at what we do. 2,876 more words
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I posted a piece earlier in this blog titled Sheldon’s Compound Proportions. It describes what Sheldon labels the “cause and effect” method for solving compound proportions, which as far as I can tell, aren’t in todays’ texts. 1,440 more words
Commentary: Algebra – yes or no?
Andrew Hacker is proposing not teaching algebra but rather teaching math in a real-world context. He has created a conversation about the utility of algebra and proposes in his book “the math myth” that algebra is a cause of the loss of talent because many students can’t get past the algebra filter. 880 more words
For some reason, or perhaps reasons, fractions don’t make sense to many students. Despite the visual representations in text and/or the use of manipulatives such as Cuisenaire rods, fractions seem to remain a mystery to students. 1,293 more words