> I agree that the Saxon constructivist idea is a stretch. > However, maybe your student is confused by the new hands-on > approach in Saxon's latest elem series. Of course it is > scripted but his view was that all the children in the > specific grade level would receive the same instruction > regardless of which teacher taught them that year. > > Perahps some students think "hands-on" teaching strategies and > "constructivist" views are one in the same....??? > debbie > And...Michael Paul Goldenberg wrote on 4 Feb 1997 13:03:50: >Not an unreasonable, though erroneous, inference. After all, construction >is generally done with one's hands, and those hands invariably are ON >something. > >Seriously, though, I have a pretty tough time keeping some of educational >terminology/jargon straight and doing so is supposed to be part of my job. >Practitioners in the field might be better off specifically concentrating >on what they're trying to do, how they're trying to do it, and what the >effects of what they're doing seem to be, rather than worrying >about getting the labels straight (gosh, have I just revealed yet another >of my heretical thoughts?)
>That said, no one has the patent on using manipulatives in classrooms, so >even Saxon Publishers is free to throw in such tools of Satan.
These comments made me think of a recent visit to a Montessori school, where I observed a 4th/5th grade classroom. Unfortunately, I did not get to see a math lesson or activity, but I did notice a shelf of Saxon Math books.....(along with the other "traditional" Montessori math manipulatives).
I didn't ask the teachers about it, but what I know about Saxon doesn't seem to "jive" with what I know about Montessori philosophy. This may be that I do not know either to any great extreme. Would someone catch me up on the changes in Saxon material, and would someone take a stab at why a Montessori school would use Saxon materials?? Thanks!
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