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Topic: Drill
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Tad Watanabe

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Posted: Dec 5, 1995 8:25 AM
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I know we have had discussions on drills in mathematics classsroom, and I
don't necessarily want to start another debate on whether or not it is a good
teaching practice. The question I have is slightly different.

As I observe classroom teachers in different schools, many of them open a
day's math lesson with what they call a "drill". In many cases, this
practice is probably mandated by the school systems. In any event, what
I see is not what I consider a drill is. For example, I was watching a
classroom yesterday where the teacher opened the lesson with a "drill",
Find at least five fractions equivalent to 1 whole. She then gave the
students about 5 minutes to work on this question individually or with
partners. The teacher circulated the classroom while the children were
working on this task. After about 5 minutes, the teacher asked the
students to share some of their answers and asked a few questions.

Is this a "drill"? Or, is this a way of the teacher going around the
requirement to have drills in her math teaching? Actually, I really
don't think the latter is the case because I have seen many teachers in
different schools calling similar type of activities as drills. So, what
is a "drill"? Are there different kinds of drills? What are the teachers'
conceptions of drill? I would like to get other people's perceptions on


Tad Watanabe
Towson State University
Towson, Maryland

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