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Topic: Is this an exceptionally hard set of questions to answer?
Replies: 68   Last Post: Nov 11, 2002 7:54 PM

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 Karl M. Bunday Posts: 19 Registered: 12/6/04
Re: Is this an exceptionally hard set of questions to answer?
Posted: Oct 2, 2002 6:13 PM

> > > For the student with difficulty learning math:
> > > Cuisinaire rods, and other math manipulatives of this type

> >
> > Thanks for the suggestion. I have seen Cuisenaire rods in action
> > with kids who self-describe as liking math, and who appear to have
> > good math ability according to tests.

>
> I don't know if the following is relevant to the above discussion, but
> it might be a datum of interest to somebody.

Yes, thank you, I am always interested in another datum about math
education.

> I never had difficulty learning math (and I now have a Ph.D. in math),

That's one measure of going the distance in math. I wouldn't like
my children to have anything in the childhood background that
would REDUCE their ability to study math at the highest level.

> but my earliest memory of any math class is playing with Cuisenaire
> rods (though I just learned that's what they're called - I always
> thought of them as "those coloured wooden rectangular things").

Yes, Cuisenaire rods have been around for a generation. I am
always curious to hear from people who used them in their own
childhood.

> My
> next memory of any math class is seemingly endless repetition of
> "2+3=__, 3*7=__". Of those two memories, the Cuisenaire is the happy
> one.

Would it be a fair inference that the happy memory did more to
keep you going in your Ph.D. program than the less happy memory?

--
Karl M. Bunday "pray for us" 2 Thessalonians 3:1
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Date Subject Author
9/28/02 Karl M. Bunday
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