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Topic: order of operations
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Nancy L Markus

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: Moderator's Question [Re: My brother needs help!]
Posted: Aug 27, 2003 8:12 AM
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Karen votes for "any reasonable questions to be included" but I think the
discussion might be over what are "reasonable" questions.

And Peter offers that:
"There are teachers here who on
another level simply ask for an answer to their teaching problem with
out doing their homework. Is this not the same as a young person asking
a math question? Is math cooperative or competitive? "

I think the situations are vastly different. If I am trying to figure
out how to better meet the needs of my students ( a teaching problem), it
would seem foolish not to use the ideas and experiences of others.--I
would think that that would be part of my "homework". I would hope that
my supervisor would want me to solve this problem and be able to apply
the knowledge in order to be a more effective teacher. It is truly a
problem solving situation and even with YOUR answer, I would have to
apply it to my situation, adapt it to my class, and make it work with all
our different personalities and backgrounds. No one can really just give
me an "answer."

When looking at the pemdas problem, there can be an "answer". It's as if
the person just looked in the back of the book for the answers. Too many
of my students take a while to figure out that "getting the answer" is
not the optimal goal (I sometimes ask them what they will learn by
copying answers from the back of the book----we get into a discussion
about what math success really is--and if I'm lucky we might concur that
asking the right question is sometimes better than getting the right
answer. But that's for another discussion. :) )

Nancy Markus

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