I suspect Ed's third grade teacher equates constructivism with the use of manipulatives--or, perhaps, anything "new" in math education. How does that sound, Ed?
Ed Dickey wrote: > > Having found Piaget in bed with the Mathematically Correct folks, I was > less shocked when one of the students in my class (a third grade > teacher) characterized Saxon as a constructivist: > > "******* is a primary school housing second and third graders. This > school is very progressive and on the cutting edge in education. The > current trend is towards constructivism as much as possible. Students > are involved in active, discovery learning as much as possible. In > second and third grade, Box It and Bag It Math is used often. Also, much > literature is used and integrated into the math programs. In third > grade, the Saxon Math program is used. This involves many hands-on > activities and the use of manipulatives. There is often cooperative > learning going on. ... > In some areas of instruction where direct instruction is needed, it > is used. For example, in teaching certain reading skills it is used. > In certain math skills it is used. But for the most part the school has > moved towards a constructivist approach." > > -- > ______ ________________________________________ > / * *\____ | Ed Dickey | > / * * * \ | College of Education | > \ * * * \ | University of South Carolina | > \****USC*****/ | Columbia, SC 29208 | > \ * * * / | | > \* * *_/ | Voice: 803/777.6235 Fax: 803/777.3193 | > \ * _/ | | > \ */ | Internet: Ed.Dickey@SC.edu | > \/ | URL: http://www.ite.sc.edu/dickey.html | > |________________________________________|