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Re: To K12 teachers here: Another enjoyable post from Dan Meyer
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Aug 27, 2013 10:46 AM


> > 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 > prealgebra reasoning. If Dan was teaching a > prealgebra 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



