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Topic: Number sense, mental math, and the kid in Mexico
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Number sense, mental math, and the kid in Mexico
Posted: Jul 5, 1995 10:25 AM
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Recently, I posted a message in which I recounted an anecdote where my son
figured out about how many miles was equal to 120 kilometers. Since then a few
list members have commented about him having "great number sense" and something
about complex thinking going on.

I thought you might be interested in knowing that, besides having to grow up
with a teacher-mom he has:

--been in K-2 classrooms where "Math Their Way" was the dominant,
though not exclusive, teaching stategy
--3rd grade with a math enrichment day using Algebra blocks (?)
--4th grade VERY traditional with lots of facts memorization and
paper/pencil/book work
--5th grade with more hands on, project oriented, Marilyn Burns type of
--6th grade completing the 1st half of UCSMP Transition math (the
school just switched from Saxon and are really just learning how to use this

I find it most interesting and enlightening to watch my own children progress
through a school system and math programs. Watching their experiences and
reactions to different approaches gives more insight (at times) than purely
philosophical discussions.

Do we have any longitutinal studies that have followed the same group of kids
through highschool and looked at their math achievement related to specific
early math experiences? At times it seems that we make a lot of assumptions
about what those in grades lower than we are teaching are teaching to the
students before we get them.

Just some thoughts.

Rosemary Beck
Resource Math Teacher/Technology Coordinator
Holaway Elementary School
Tucson AZ

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