Kevin Foltinek wrote, in reply to my reply to Magi???????G
> > > 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?
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