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Topic: Invitation to contribute to book for beginning teachers
Replies: 29   Last Post: Jul 12, 2013 11:58 PM

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 Richard Strausz Posts: 4,621 Registered: 12/4/04
Re: Invitation to contribute to book for beginning teachers
Posted: Jul 10, 2013 10:32 AM

>
> On Jul 9, 2013, at 11:10 AM, Richard Strausz
> <Richard.Strausz@farmington.k12.mi.us> wrote:
>

> > I recommend that beginning math teachers find some
> teacher blogs to follow and participate with.
> >
> > Here is an algebra-related post to check out with

> links to a number of others:
> >
> > http://blog.mrmeyer.com/?p=17391
> >
> > Richard
> >

>
> I think you mean dejected math teachers, not
> beginning math teachers.
>
> For example, the post you referenced is just another
> example of Dan taking an algebra problem from a
> textbook, removing the algebra, having the students
> apply arithmetic, and never returning to the algebra.
>
> The original problem gave two real world scenarios
> that can be modeled with linear equations and then
>
> 1. Model the two scenarios with linear equations.
> 2. Graph them.
> 3. Solve them (as a system of equations).
> 4. Identify the solution with the graph.
> 5. Explain what all of this means.
>
> This is algebra and it involves translating
> quantitive situations into mathematical (symbolic)
> expressions and manipulating those expressions as a
> means to an end. In this case, the big idea is the
> ability to see that while a single expression is
> insufficient information for a solution, multiple
> expressions is. The second big idea is the algebraic
> sense to see why this is true through manipulation
> and substitution.
>
> Instead, as he always does, Dan removes ALL of that
> algebra and replaces it with an exercise involving
> guessing and arithmetic. He calls this "lowering the
> floor on the task". But what task is he lowering the
> floor on? The task of determining which cable company
> is the cheapest? Hardly, and besides, any real
> teacher can see that this wasn't even the point or
> the task of this exercise. Dan is lowering the floor
> on HIS task. Dan is lowering the floor on the task of
> teaching algebra to his students. The main gist of
> his argument for doing so is that students are simply
> too stupid and too uninterested to understand
> algebraic reasoning or its purpose. And judging from
> his own poor understanding of the art, he shares
> their angst.
>
> Is this really what you want to tell a beginning math
> teacher?
>
> I would think a teacher would have to have several
> years of experience getting the short straw and
> teaching the hardest groups of students before they
> get this dejected about teaching algebra.
>
> Bob Hansen

Do you have any blogs, books or other suggestions for a new teacher? If so, please add them to this section.

Thanks - Richard

Date Subject Author
6/23/13 Jerry P. Becker
6/24/13 Richard Strausz
6/25/13 Richard Strausz
6/25/13 GS Chandy
6/27/13 Richard Strausz
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7/3/13 GS Chandy
7/9/13 Richard Strausz
7/10/13 Robert Hansen
7/10/13 Wayne Bishop
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