Richard Strausz posted Jan 24, 2013 2:44 AM( GSC's remarks follow): > > > > On Jan 22, 2013, at 7:34 PM, Richard Strausz > > <Richard.Strausz@farmington.k12.mi.us> wrote: > > > > > I'll ask her, Bob. Do you have any suggested > > activities and/or assessments you recommend for > > pre-algebra or algebra classes? > > > > > > Richard > > > > > http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?forumID=206&thread > > ID=2408668&messageID=7905217#7905217 > > > > Also check out mathcounts. > > > > Bob Hansen > > Thanks for sharing the link. There are some good > items there; I will pass them along. > > As to the methods of solution by the students, the > teacher has been emphasizing writing. Students are > required to submit their work along with an > explanation of their thought processes. She didn't > provide any assistance. I saw one student's reasoning > and part of her work. She didn't do the work as > economically as you did. She compared ARI and ARIEL > to find out the sum of E and L, and generally > narrowed things down until she could get to the value > of single letters. > > I didn't see the work of unsuccessful workers. > > Richard > > Students are > required to submit their work along with an > explanation of their thought processes. > I don't know how clearly/ effectively 'pre-algebra students' are able to explain their thought processes - but that is, I believe, the heart of the matter. The working 'scratch sheets' that the teacher required would serve to give her a picture of those thought processes.
I believe the kind of effort that teacher is making should be recognized and applauded. Surely no member of any kind of 'mafia' would make that kind of effort for a student?
The work of all genuine teachers in shaping the minds and hearts of their charges should be much better recognised in society: we all owe our teachers debts of gratitude that can NEVER be discharged (and should never be forgotten)!