Thoughts from a reflective educator.
My uncle called me today, and asked me a math question. Normally, I get called and asked technology related questions, but occasionally people remember that I have a mathematics background and call me in to assist.
This is another post in my series on mathematics in the real world.
This is another post in my series of posts on math in the real world.
Just posted this comment on this article lamenting the loss of the standard algorithms in Mathematics classrooms.
Should we teach the standard algorithms for arithmetic? Absolutely, but they shouldn't be the only algorithms kids learn.
As an experiment, I started out the beginning of this year and tried flipping my classroom, but with a slight twist: I have extra instructional time, so students were to watch the instructional videos (from the Khan Academy and IBVodcasting.com) during classroom time.
I've been challenged recently to provide research which supports "unassisted discovery" over more traditional techniques for teaching math. This is not possible, as there are no teachers actually using "unassisted discovery" in their classrooms.