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Topic: Op Ed piece on mathematics reform (fwd)
Replies: 18   Last Post: Aug 20, 2004 11:55 AM

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Nancy L Markus

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: calculator use [was Op Ed piece on mathematics reform]
Posted: Aug 20, 2004 11:55 AM
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I can't imagine a K-8 math program without using a calculator. Yes, I
think mental math is important and facilitates progress, and calculation
using the technology of pencil and paper has a place, but I do a lot with
problem solving (not doing exercises, but doing non-routine
problems---what to do when you don't know what to do). I can't imagine
wasting valuable time while problem solving by not using a calculator.

As for the following comment recently posted:

"Fingermath is far more needed to learn numbers. Once embodied, what
function will the calculator have in a math literate society?"

I am speechless ---and those who know me, know that this doesn't happen
often. :)

Nancy Markus
Ohio Literacy Resource Center
Math Consultant

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