Date: Aug 27, 2013 10:46 AM Author: Richard Strausz Subject: Re: To K-12 teachers here: Another enjoyable post from Dan Meyer >

> 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