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Topic: Strange Bedfellows
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CHAPMAN@APSICC.APS.EDU

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Re: Strange Bedfellows
Posted: Feb 5, 1997 11:28 AM
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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."
>
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