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Karen Dee Michalowicz

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Registered: 12/4/04
NCTM Standards
Posted: Aug 2, 1995 7:51 PM
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At the risk of being flamed again for repeating this question,
I will ask again. Is this not a NCTM Standards discussion
list? Can I not expect those who post on this list to have at
least skimmed through the Standards book?

I realize that this is my own problem and probably
doesn't bother many others. However, at least having read the
standards I know:

"It is important for children to learn the sequence of steps -
and the reasons for them - in the paper-and-pencil algorithms
used widely in our culture [note the word "important"]."
and
"Children should master the basic facts of arithmetic that are
essential components of fluency with paper-and-pencil and
mental computation and with estimation [note the word "master"]."
and
"Besides paper-and-pencil computation, children should learn
when and how to use calculators and various mental arithmetic
and estimation procedures [note the word "besides", note the
words "when and how", and note the importance of
estimation!]."
finally
"Success is possible for almost all children when they receive
careful instruction. Still, teachers should be sensitive to
problems individual children might have and should be prepared
to use a variety of methods to teach and assess computational
knowledge [note the words "success... for almost all children", note
the word "careful"]."

The above quote came from pages 46 and 47 of Standard 8 -
Whole Number Computation found in the Curriculum and Evaluation
Standards for School Mathematics. Perhaps I am wrong, however I
fail to see how the above, which is typical of material in the
standards,is radical. Also, there is no where in the standards
that says calculators should replace (note I said replace)
paper and pencil computation. Calculators are encouraged in
problem solving, estimation and very large computations, such
as 14567/4567.

One cannot quote hear-say as if it appears, or as if it reflects
the standards.

If this list was a k12 newsgroup where anything and everything
was discussed, I would not be bothered. However, I thought that
this was a NCTM standards list. If so, let's be informed in
our discussions. If this isn't, please, someone let me know and
direct me to a discussion group that is discussing the
standards and not English grammar.

Cheers!

Karen Dee

Presidental Awardee, Mathematics
Karen Dee Michalowicz VQUEST Math Lead Teacher/Trainer
Upper School Mathematics Chair Virginia Quality Education
The Langley School in Sciences and Technology
1411 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA
22012 USA
703-356-1920(w) E-Mail: kmichalo@pen.k12.va.us
Fax: (703) 790-9712 --or-- KarenDM@aol.com






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