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Re: The TIMSS
Posted:
Apr 14, 1997 10:31 PM


 > From: Michael Paul Goldenberg <mikegold@umich.edu> > To: Charles J. Masenas <u6420@btv.ibm.com> > Cc: MathTeach <mathteach@forum.swarthmore.edu> > Subject: Re: The TIMSS > Date: Monday, April 14, 1997 11:39 AM > > > Interestingly, given the way many folks have taught mathematics, it could > have been unnecessary to suggest which areas would have to receive LESS > attention, since their practice has consisted of: 1) homework answers > given; 2) homework problems reviewed/questions answered; 3) the next > section of the textbook is transfered from the pages of the book (or the > teacher's notes) to the chalkboard or overhead projector screen; 4) > students are given time to do worksheets and/or to start on homework > problems. While your mileage may vary, I think this is not an exaggerated > portrayal of what many of us have seen, experienced, done; I suspect based > on hearsay that the Stigler tapes support the notion that my description > is close to the mark in many American classrooms > >
Michael, if you haven't seen the Stigler tapes you have done an amazing job of guessing what's on them. This describes to a T the U.S. geometry lesson I saw. Prof. Stigler himself presented it at a conference I went to and he insisted that this is a typical 8th grade mathematics lesson in our country. (sigh) Cindy Chapman



