
Re: Saxon ad
Posted:
Feb 26, 1995 1:25 AM


On Saturday, February 25, 1995, Andrei Tom wrote:
>On Sat, 25 Feb 1995, Michael Paul Goldenberg wrote: > >> "Calculators must be accepted at the K4 level as valuable tools for >> learning mathematics. Calculators enable children to explore number ideas >> and patterns, to have valuable conceptdevelopment experiences, to focus >> on problemsolving processes, and to investigate realistic applications. >> The thoughtful use of calculators can increase the quality of the >> curriculum as well as the quality of children's learning. > >Which problems ? Are there examples ? >(I am NOT agains calculators in principle.) >Andrei Toom
Andrei,
The written document expressing the Standards that NCTM endorses certainly does include some problems and examples of each standard. At each grade level, after the statement of each standard, the writers attempt to "unpack" the idea behind that standard and demonstrate one example of how that standard can be employed in a classroom at that grade level.
It is absurd to think that the authors are going to give an example of every single type of problem application of any one standard. That is left for mathematicians and mathematics educators to do on their own. I agree, however, that there are topics not covered as thoroughly in the document as could have been covered. For example, the standard PMG used from K4 of calculators and computers. Unfortunately, at the other levels, 58, and 912, the use of technology as a means of exposing the mathematics is not addressed very concretely. Yet, the document was 5 years ago, and now we know of many examples that were not fully developed then.
Tim Hendrix
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