Friday, August 22, 2008

"Everyday Math" teaches students about sequencing | islandpacket.com

"Everyday Math" teaches students about sequencing islandpacket.com



Via Math Without Tears

I am embarrassed for them.

5 comments:

CrypticLife said...

Oh. That hurts, Rory.

In kinder, my oldest son was busy learning his multiplication tables at home. My middle son, who is of quite average intelligence and will be going into kinder next year, is now learning addition and subtraction to 20.

My oldest will be going to third grade in the fall, and is currently learning the distributive property (A*(B+C) = (A*B)+(A*C) -- with the variables).

A-tooty-ta is not math. Period. This teaches nothing mathematical that wouldn't be supremely obvious. Do teachers seriously think kindergarteners have never learned that things go in order?

If I wanted to be an elementary school teacher, seeing this once would make me want to quit. Not because of the embarrassment of singing an idiotic song, but because it was being advanced as curriculum. Rory, I hope you're never subjected to this. I hope foreigners never see this, because it's one thing to simply be ashamed of poor overall performance and quite another to be ashamed by the pure idiocy of the reasons for it.

I guess on the bright side, we have some rather spectacular teachers if this is the type of thing they have to compensate for.

rightwingprof said...

That was painful. I think I'll crawl into a hole now.

Redkudu said...

"I guess on the bright side, we have some rather spectacular teachers if this is the type of thing they have to compensate for."

Every. Single. Day.

In the past two days of my professional development (high school English and remedial reading) I learned no less than 32 different strategies for English Language Learners.

Every single one of them required either drawing, or acting something out.

Redkudu said...

The really funny thing is that I've watched the video twice now, assuming it's for elementary...but am having flashbacks to last year when one of our high school Calculus teachers demonstrated "Calculus-thenics" to us during professional development.

Independent George said...

Looks like you left SC just in time...