I posed Judy's question to one of my classes. Responses included:
George said: "You need to figure out math on your own or with people. The book is just a tool. I read the book as suggestions. If I can find a better way I use that."
Eddie: "I use the book to learn vocabulary and to find examples. Now I read the book more carefully, I really try to understand."
Kyle: "I can't just read the book and figure it out. The examples are not explained fully. They leave out steps and explanations."
Ronnie: "I use the book as a resource. If I know something, I just scan. If I do not know, I read as carefully as I can to learn the material."
Gina: "I use as a study tool. It is a step before the real world. It is the little things before we really use math."
Erin: "I use the text as a resource. I know there are other books and I sometimes use them, too."
Anne-Marie: "When I use a text book, I use it to supplement what I have already learned and to help me learn what I do not know. I read it several times until I get it."
Dane: "I use it as a resource. I also use other books like the Problem Solvers Guide which goes step by step. I isolate myself and read quietly."
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<---------------->>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> from Steven S. Means email@example.com Math and Technology Teacher at Sammamish High School <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<---------------->>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
On Thu, 23 Feb 1995 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> If texts are used as resources, sort of like encyclopedias, it seems that > kids would have to read them with greater attention than they do now. > > Has anyone out there tried this? What happened? > > > ==================================== > Judy Roitman, Mathematics Department > Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66049 > email@example.com > ===================================== > > > > > > >