- New Mystery Mathematician has been posted in the sidebar! Please DO NOT submit your answer as a comment to this post! simply email me at "dmarain AT GeeMail dot com'
- Only a few days left to vote in the MathNotations survey in the sidebar regarding your preference for how multidigit multiplication should be taught. The results thus far are interesting, but I'll say more about this when the polls close. No early exit poll results at this time!
- As previewed several weeks ago, I've just received the Mimio equipment for making Math Casts or mini video math lessons. I'm learning how to use it - my first few attempts are fairly crude - and I hope to post one of these in a few days. I may also upload it to You Tube. Of course it won't get as many views as "An Inconvenient Truth!" Here is a link to the company to give you some background before I post a more detailed discussion of this technology.
- The following is the body of an email I sent to a close personal friend in the math blogosphere in response to an article this week in the Washington Post (Parents Rise Up Against A New Approach to Math). This article is getting lots of attention among other math bloggers as well, particularly over at KTM. I feel like I am reiterating the same position I have stated on this blog dozens of times, but the message still is not being heard by those making decisions about our children. I will never give up, no matter how many times I am ignored or criticized:
"There is a grassroots revolution among parents going on right now, but the issue is far from black and white. If most teachers felt comfortable blending teaching procedurally with teaching for comprehension and concept, we'd be moving in the right direction in my opinion. BUT curricula generally take an 'all-or-nothing' approach.
Centrists such as myself are looked on as hypocrites or 'waffling'. Teachers need a text that combines the best of both approaches, balancing understanding with practice and repetition. WHY IS THIS SO DIFFICULT FOR EVERYONE TO GRASP?"