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Topic: Re: To K-12 teachers here: Another enjoyable post from Dan Meyer
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Richard Strausz

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Re: To K-12 teachers here: Another enjoyable post from Dan Meyer
Posted: Aug 27, 2013 10:46 AM
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> On Aug 26, 2013, at 8:25 PM, Richard Strausz
> <Richard.Strausz@farmington.k12.mi.us> wrote:
>

> > Bob, I mean that most of your criticisms of the
> blog posts and comments seem to be that you don't
> like the underlying curriculum - even though the
> curriculum varies for the various readers.
>
>
> Ok, now I am sorry I asked you to explain. I will
> explain, at least where I am coming from.
>
> Curriculum is the subject being taught and pedagogy
> is how it is being taught. You can't *actively* have
> one without the other. If I don't like a movie it
> might be because of the script or the acting, or
> both. It isn't because I am confused with which is
> which.
>
> In the case of Dan's blog, the subject is ALGEBRA.
> How do we know this? Because of all the references to
> algebra books and comparisons of his lessons to the
> lessons found in algebra books. And his pedagogy is
> the three act format, to put it simply.
>
> The problem...
>
> Dan is not teaching the subject he says he is
> teaching. Dan is not teaching the subject he keeps
> comparing his lessons to. He is clearly not teaching
> algebra. There is no reason for Dan to compare his
> lessons to those found 4 or 5 chapters deep in an
> algebra book. He is teaching arithmetic and
> pre-algebra reasoning. If Dan was teaching a
> pre-algebra class and using the problems in algebra
> books to design arithmetic versions so that the kids
> were better prepared for *algebra* later on then that
> might be a good thing. But his personal angst screws
> that up. It is his dislike for mathematics that leads
> him to dominate every lesson with a visual or tactile
> experience, rather than a mathematical experience. He
> obviously doesn't like math and why he even chose to
> teach it at one point is a puzzle. Maybe you can shed
> some light on this. I have offered my suggestion that
> the frustration with teaching struggling students
> could be the cause but I don't think Dan ever liked
> math, even before he was teaching.
>
> The bottom line...
>
> Dan and many of his readers do not understand
> algebra, and they have turned their angst with
> teaching it into a revolt against it. Their words and
> actions clearly indicate that this blog isn't as much
> for their student's benefit as it is for their own
> benefit. I showed you Kahn's site as an example of a
> site that brings the curriculum to the students. Kahn
> doesn't pervert and twist the subject around his own
> angst. The only feeling you get from Kahn is his
> enthusiasm for mathematics.
>
> I think you need to study more blogs in order to
> distinguish between the religious self serving blogs
> like Dan's and the student directed blogs like
> Kahn's. Or maybe it is religion you seek.
>
> Bob Hansen
>

Let's talk specifics. Here is the most recent post from Meyer.

http://blog.mrmeyer.com/?p=17153

Please share briefly what you like and what you don't about the pedagogy. It does seem to fit nicely into Algebra.

Richard



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