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Re: Learning and Mathematics: Schoenfeld, Metacognition
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Mar 26, 1996 7:38 AM


The Schoenfeld article on metacognition started me thinking about how teachers can effectively introduce math to students such that they do think about the "why" and learn to apply what they learn to the real world. It seems to me that this promises to be difficult for teachers dealing with elementary school kids, who don't always have the capacity to delve into the "why" of something. For certain situations and for initially learning some mathematical processes, I am under the impression that perhaps rote memorization or plugging the numbers into the formula may be the best thing to do. I feel this way because throughout elementary school, most kids still enjoy math. The typical aversion to math comes in high school and college, because this is when math starts to get a little more difficult and abstract. It is at this level when teachers should really concentrate on helping students understand why math works the way it does, and students should be able to make the appropriate connections to the real world. On the other hand, maybe college level students are not able to keep up with the new way math is being taught to them unless they've had the "why" type of instruction since early on...
Nette



