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Topic: NCTM philosophy
Replies: 32   Last Post: Aug 6, 1995 4:41 PM

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Kevin J.Maguire

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Re: NCTM philosophy
Posted: Aug 3, 1995 6:39 PM
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Morning all,
I've just read Norm's message and I find that I can only agree
with him. When teaching Year 4 children I found that there are time
when, given a specific context, they love "playing" with large numbers.
Using a calculator can be lots of fun - particularly if the concept is,
for example, a recurring pattern of numbers e.g. 22 x 4; 222 x 4, 2222 x
4 ...... I found that this is best done on the calculator initially and
then asking my pupils to give me the next (and the next ...) number in
the sequence.
The more children play with numbers in a meaningful sense the
greater their development of intuitive strategies for dealing with
"real-life mathematical situations". (Not documented but a teacher's
Please enjoy your "warm" weather. Here it's a chilly 13"C.

Kevin J. Maguire
School of Education Telephone: 61 3 9479 2080
La Trobe University

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