tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5252388968080711025.post6604178272410584576..comments2017-11-03T02:39:48.019-05:00Comments on Concordia Classical Academy: Why I am not a fan of Reform MathematicsThe Mamahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04882606767242552071noreply@blogger.comBlogger1125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5252388968080711025.post-16780783136620545592010-03-04T23:18:19.061-06:002010-03-04T23:18:19.061-06:00My opinion about Everyday Math:
I can speak of thi...My opinion about Everyday Math:<br />I can speak of this program because my two oldest kids work with it every day at school. It was interesting to watch the video, and comments made by the author led me to further investigation about things that didn't quite add up for me. (It should also be noted that this author promotes the Singapore curriculum at the end of her video which I think is at the opposite end of the spectrum from Everyday Math). I make no claims about being a math genius, so my opinion is about what I know from working with my kids. From personal experience, Everyday Math has taught my oldest different ways to solve problems, even if they aren't the same ways that I grew up learning. The algorithms aren't confusing to her because it's how she's learned it. I think she's asked me to use a calculator twice... to check her work (she's in 4th grade). Her teacher at school uses Everyday Math in conjunction with other methods to give her a good mathematical foundation. Calculator use in the workbooks isn't in place of multiplication or division, it's used in certain circumstances to facilitate problem solving, as you'll see in the videos below (if I've copied the links correctly...) The videos below are excellent. The author is a college professor, so he addresses many of the concerns about how kids are doing and the skills they need at the university level. Everyday Math teaches how kids use math everyday, it uses multiplication and division in real world ways. The chapters she referred to in the video are from the reference book, not the student workbook, they're used to apply the facts they've learned. The first 2 videos discuss the issue from his perspective. The second two discusses the Everyday Math program itself. The last is about memorization. Please have a peek below, I really think it completes the picture and ...I'd be happy to let anyone have a look at the books if interested. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9skRrnN2_HU Math Education: A response to “An inconvenient truth-part 1<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1tPHInrEk0 Math Education: A response to “An inconvenient truth-part 2<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_roszuC3ec Everyday math part 1<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6AzVvR_zFs Everyday math part 2<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYIhf8N4Hs4- Why memorizing math isn’t enoughLauranoreply@blogger.com