The Math Forum



Search All of the Math Forum:

Views expressed in these public forums are not endorsed by NCTM or The Math Forum.


Math Forum » Discussions » Math Topics » geometry.pre-college

Topic: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics (repost)
Replies: 29   Last Post: Nov 19, 1995 4:46 PM

Advanced Search

Back to Topic List Back to Topic List Jump to Tree View Jump to Tree View   Messages: [ Previous | Next ]
Katie Laird

Posts: 5
Registered: 12/10/04
Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Posted: Nov 9, 1995 5:40 PM
  Click to see the message monospaced in plain text Plain Text   Click to reply to this topic Reply


>One can have a lecture style so brilliant it puts a performance by
>Jack Nicholson to pale. You're still not teaching. The secret is to
>pull the students into the learning process so completely, they
>forget
>that they are learning.


Hmm, this worries me a little bit. It seems to me, especially in
mathematics, that being aware of one's learning process is one of the most
important parts of learning math. For example, I know that when I learn
multiplication, I need to memorize, yet when I learn to do geometry proofs,
I need to be patient and try different approaches, knowing that the first
might not work. If a teachers is trying to make it so painless that
students don't know they're learning, then how will they ever be able to do
it on their own? A teacher can not be ultimately responsible for a
students' learning...the student must take that responsibility. Am I being
too generous with what students are willing and able to do? I don't think
so.
>
>The Plano school district went to the infamous BLOCK schedule. So
>now math students receive 1 hr 20 minutes of lecture and then
>a quiz!


While I do think that this may be a long time for a lecture, ending a
lesson in a quiz is not necessarily a bad thing, leaving open the question
of what the purpose of the quiz is. One of the biggest problems with the
way our schools are set up in general, is that we never get a chance to
synthesize what we have learned in one class before going on to the next
class. A day runs together without any knowledge being concretized. I
think this quiz at the end of a class is a means of consolidating knowledge
acquired during the previous hour and twenty minutes. I agree that lecture
is not sufficient, but the quiz could be a healthy addition to the way math
is taught.

-Katie Laird






Date Subject Author
11/3/95
Read Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics (repost)
K. Ann Renninger
11/6/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Problem of the Week
11/6/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Tom Davis
11/7/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Michael Keyton
11/7/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Brian Hutchings
11/9/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Ken Wood
11/9/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Andrea Hall
11/9/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Katie Laird
11/9/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Katie Laird
11/10/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Steve Means
11/10/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Steve Means
11/10/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Andrea Hall
11/10/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Jim LaCasse
11/10/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Steve Means
11/11/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Andrea Hall
11/11/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Steve Means
11/11/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
John Burnette
11/12/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Lou Talman
11/13/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Tarin Bross
11/13/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Katie Laird
11/13/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathemaatics
Steve Means
11/13/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Kristina Lasher
11/14/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
David Weksler
11/14/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Jane Ehrenfeld
11/15/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Andrea Hall
11/16/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert,...
Robin J Healey
11/16/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert,...
Pat Ballew
11/17/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Johnny Hamilton
11/17/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathetics
Steve Means
11/19/95
Read Re: Learning and Mathematics: Papert, mathematics
Tarin Bross

Point your RSS reader here for a feed of the latest messages in this topic.

[Privacy Policy] [Terms of Use]

© The Math Forum at NCTM 1994-2017. All Rights Reserved.