Discussion:  All Topics in Algebra 
Topic:  Algebra Textbook Recommendation 
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Subject:  RE: Algebra Textbook Recommendation 
Author:  autumdove 
Date:  Jul 6 2007 
> quote from John Saxon's literature: "Do not try to teach your
> students to think. Practice, practice, practice. Eventually they
> will get it." I couldn't disagree more. I have two passions, which
> drive all of my work. The first is, I must make sure students
> understand "why" the mathematics is what it is. Not just why we
> "do" it the way we do, but why it even makes sense to CONSIDER doing
> it that way.
4. As "certified" mathematics teachers, we have the
> potential of being some of the most arrogant teachers in education.
> We "know" a subject with which many people have trouble. And we
> don't often let you forget that. When a math teacher looks at my
> material (this actually happened) and says that it has the most
> detailed conceptual explanations she has ever seen, and the most
> vivid graphics clarifying the concept, and then says, "There's no
> way I would use this in my classroom", that pretty much makes the
> case. The followup was, "I will never use anything in my classroom
> that can do a better job than I can." Case closed.
I have to totally disagree with you on point #1  the "WHY" is exacely what
Saxon student learn. This I know, because I experienced it myself; my blood
boiled over and over again all throught the years that we studied Saxon math
when I realized over and over again the why of so many concepts that I never
learned in school; without that understanding, math just doesn't work!
As for point #4, I couldn't agree with you more! :)
 
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