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Re(2): meaningful standards (fwd)
Posted:
Jun 4, 1995 4:01 PM


>It just occured to me that when I teach the juniorlevel mathematics >analysis course here at the University of Kansas things go a lot better if >I have students do little projects in which they are forced to grapple with >situations underlying difficult concepts *before* the concepts are defined > after all, that's where the concepts come from.
>I suspect that this is true to some extent at every level.
>This is not saying that we should always go from s. to g.; just that >sometimes it really works.
I agree ! Sometimes I start a lesson with my 7th & 8th graders saying "Here's an investigation I'd like to try  after you've looked at it for a while maybe you'd care to guess what today's lesson is about ?"  these have become known as my "mystery topics" and seem to supply some intrigue and motivation to think about the investigation.
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