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Topic: Re: Mixed Methods
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Eileen Abrahamson

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: Mixed Methods
Posted: Oct 28, 1995 11:32 AM
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Hi Yvette;

An educator who is making determinations on what methods to employ based on
the needs of their students is employing professionalism in their job.

There is no 'one correct or right' way to teach students. Each student
comes with different needs, knowledge and prefered learning styles. The
problem comes when educators insist on employing only 'one' strategy of
instruction.

Some rote is definitely necessary. Lets face it we learned our first words
by rote. Parents constantly repeating the word for momma or milk until we
got it. We did not invent this word. However, in order to be considered
literate we now are constantly inventing our speach to convey our thinking
and ideas.

So it is with instruction in any field. The problem with Saxon is that it
only teaches the Saxon way. (one specific delivery system) The problem
with Math Their Way is that it only teaches the Math Their Way way (one
specific delivery system). The problem with . . . fill in the blank.

Professionals need to be versed in 'multiple delivery methods and systems'.
They need to make a diagnosis of which delivery system or method is cogent
for the information or thinking that needs to be occuring at that time, and
that will lead their students to deeper and deeper understandings.

The arguments about Whole Language, Calculators and Computers use, Saxon,
the Standards etc., all have in common a complete lack of understanding
regarding this point. All systems, materials and methods have limited
value, "NONE" are capable of standing alone.

Everyone who employs diverse methods based on evaluation or diagnosis of
what the student need are on the right track. Conversly everyone who pins
all their hopes to a single star, belongs in a different profession;-)
perhaps even in a different galaxy;-) (Just had to spice this up a bit)

Eileen

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10/28/95
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Eileen Abrahamson
10/28/95
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