tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3882690770743239708.post7112933111319432294..comments2014-08-30T21:46:44.085-07:00Comments on Hands On Math: 10 Ways To Make Your Math Class More FunJeremiah Dykehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03596847096401481529noreply@blogger.comBlogger3125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3882690770743239708.post-67691253411957183912014-01-27T03:29:31.335-08:002014-01-27T03:29:31.335-08:00I like using these techniques. I like using these techniques. Steve McCrea, Independent Educatorhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/00564199570074194711noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3882690770743239708.post-33469758341030611242012-12-02T04:34:28.156-08:002012-12-02T04:34:28.156-08:00Thank you for taking the time to respond to my pos...Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post and your concerns are well noted. I invite you to read my latest publication about calculators before we open up a dialog http://lewrockwell.com/orig10/dyke10.1.html <br /><br />Likely your opinions will be tested but try to keep an open mind and I look forward hearing from you. <br />Jeremiah Dykehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03596847096401481529noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3882690770743239708.post-55080170463761016172012-12-01T23:22:27.432-08:002012-12-01T23:22:27.432-08:00I like many of your suggestions, but as a high sch...I like many of your suggestions, but as a high school math teacher.I can tell you the statement, "I don't even care if they know their multiplication tables" scares me. Here's why. My students came from parents or schools that thought mastering basic skills wasn't all that important and that calculators should be used for "silly math problems" to save time. The problem now is that since they lack the skills to quickly and confidently multiply, divide, add, and subtract it takes away from their ability to understand concepts now. <br /><br />I have to spend a significant amount of time with students in and out of class helping them learn skills which they should have known in elementary school. Students who struggle because of this misguided choice by earlier educators (be it parents or elementary schools) now tell me they think they are bad at math, and even sometimes they tell me that they are stupid. They are not stupid, they just had the misfortune of adults who didn't understand the long-term impact they were making by not giving a solid basis in fundamental skills.<br /><br />If a student doesn't understand multiplication and division and they don't know that 6X8=48 how are they going to solve an equation? How will they be able to factor a polynomial? How are they going to conceptually progress from these skills (which are the gateways to understanding the behavior of functions and essential to moving onto higher levels of mathematics like calculus)?<br /><br />Conceptual learning is very important and I commend you for spending time on this, but so is mastery of basic skills! If you think memorization of tables is boring turn it into a game or a race.Just Another Thought Onlinehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03730824813541587080noreply@blogger.com