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Topic: MTV Algebra Books
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Susan L. Addington

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: MTV Algebra Books (reading the text)
Posted: May 10, 1996 2:59 PM
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In the past few years I have spent quite a bit of time
working with two 6th grade classes, trying out some
new material I have been writing. Neither of the teachers
is a math specialist, but teacher A is a local expert
in the Whole Language style of teaching (but had not
applied it to math in a serious way). When I gave out the
day's handouts of instructions and questions, the students
in class A immediately started reading them. There were inevitably
lots of questions, but not until after they had gotten into
the material. The students in class B immediately jumped to
the questions and tried to fill in the answers without
even reading the text of the questions (assumed they could
figure out what was needed from the diagram and numbers.)

I never saw the math textbook for class A, but the one
for class B had the traditional 2-page spread, easy problems
first, word problems towards the end (where they're easy to skip)
and computational review problems from previous chapters at
the end. (The teachers' edition pointed out how this book
was perfectly aligned with the Standards at every opportunity.)

Susan Addington
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On Fri, 10 May 1996, Ronald A Ward wrote:

> I don't believe that most highschool students have EVER read their
> texts. One reason is that very few teachers require their students to
> read the narrative portion

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