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Topic: [math-learn] RE: Factoring in Algebra I
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Kevin J. Maguire

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Registered: 12/3/04
[math-learn] RE: Factoring in Algebra I
Posted: Jan 29, 2001 8:21 PM
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Good afternoon,
What an ingenious method Joseph had described. In all my years of teacher
(about 40) I've never come across such a method before. I have however a
slight criticism of teaching methods of obtaining solutions. Such
pedagogical practice goes against my constructivist approach. Please forgive
me if this appears to denigrate Joseph in any way. That is not my intention
and I hope he doesn't take offence.
As a teacher I'm sure that I would have accepted Joseph's method
wholeheartedly. Now, wearing a different cap, I could not advocate students
depending upon such a method. Definitely show this to students and allow
them to use it but I would suggest that students also discover the reasoning
behind the method and why it worked.
Kind regards,

Kevin J. Maguire
PhD. Candidate
Graduate School of Education
La Trobe University

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