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Re: To K12 teachers here: Another enjoyable post from Dan Meyer
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Aug 28, 2013 8:50 PM


> > On Aug 28, 2013, at 8:53 AM, GS Chandy > <gs_chandy@yahoo.com> wrote: > > > 1. Is it at all possible to *teach* a student (any > student)  *creative writing*? > > > > 2. If the teacher has created sufficiently > imaginative and *creative* plays (which stimulate, > perhaps excite, the students to *write creatively*), > then I'd believe he has done something valuable. > > > > 3. I'd not speculate on the teacher's reasons for > adopting the strategy he does/did. So long as the > students felt challenged, then I guess both teacher > and students have gained something useful. > > > > 4. I believe your 'analogy' or 'metaphor' has > failed. > > So, you would teach creative writing by having the > students act in plays, not by teaching them how to > write. I think you are too focused on the word > "creative" and not enough on the word "writing". Try > this instead. Imagine "creative algebra". Surely you > have seen creative algebra before. so do you think > that, in creative algebra, the necessity of learning > algebra is any less? Besides, if Dan was trying to > excite his students about algebra, wouldn't his > activities involve algebra? Richard suggested that he > teaches algebra outside of these activities, but > wouldn't that be even more reason for these > activities to involve algebra? > > It amazes me that there exists 3 years of Dan's blogs > as evidence to support my statements while Richard > and yourself are basing your counter arguments on > supposition. > > Bob Hansen > There exist up to 3 years of experiences that I and other real teachers have with some of Dan's stuff. I use his some of his geometry materials which supports what I do with my students. That runs counter to your statements of their worthlessness.
By the way, I haven't said anything critical about Khan. I am happy to 'steal' from anyone...
Richard



