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Topic: Ed Week - Music, Manipulatives Are Fun
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Bishop, Wayne

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Ed Week - Music, Manipulatives Are Fun
Posted: Jun 26, 2014 11:09 PM
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The instant replay always comes out the same way. No matter how many
times researchers actually study instead of education "experts"

The fact is that most of us - with wide variation in interest and
abilities - want to learn and are happier and more excited about
learning more when we feel that we are actually learning. Probably
the most frustrating aspect of contextual learning, as opposed to
direct instruction, is that failure to "see it" correlates so
strongly with more problems and more frustration later. Instead of
deepening conceptual understanding, too often, such stuff
accomplishes the exact opposite, divergence from conceptual
understanding. Fun, maybe, but yet another way to avoid mathematics
and the self-esteem and self-confidence associated with appropriate
grade-level competence. Inappropriate calculator use meets the same
criticism. Instead of aiding students who are lacking necessary
skills, it reinforces their deficits that they already know all too
well. Perhaps have been permanently convinced that they cannot learn.


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