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HolyBureaucraticNightmareBatman 16 May 2005 - 00:13 CatherineJohnson
. . . sigh . . .
via Eduwonk and New York Daily News
ColoradoMathStandards 24 May 2005 - 04:34 CatherineJohnson
I was just perusing the 2005 Thomas B. Fordham Foundation assessment of state math standards, and I found this passage drawn from Colorado's standards:
The authors take a dim view of this requirement: Grasping the concept of even and odd numbers does
not require three years of collecting progressively more
objects. The time devoted to collecting and displaying
objects and pictures is better spent on other activities.
The report gives Colorado's standards a D, the same grade they received last year.
SpotTheFallacy 05 Jun 2005 - 13:20 CarolynJohnston
There's a new book out called "National Differences, Global Similarities: World Culture and the Future of Schooling", by two education professors at Penn State, and published by Stanford University Press. It was discussed in yesterday's PhysOrg.com newsletter (hat tip: bernie). They analyzed data from the Third International Study of Mathematics and Sciences, which in 1994 and 1999 collected a lot of data on educational effectiveness in 41 countries. From the article:
WebmasterApologizes 03 Jun 2005 - 02:38 CarolynJohnston
To Catherine, who couldn't change the name on one of her posts; and to all who tried and were unable to comment today: I'm sorry. It was my fault. Pick an excuse:
TestOfBlikiFeatures 20 Jan 2006 - 20:22 CarolynJohnston
This is a first test of a new page protection system for KTM... hopefully this will stop the problems people are having with not being able to edit the web pages that they create. Your inexperienced webmaster is very sorry for any inconvenience anyone is experiencing. :)
ConnectedMathProjectList 14 Sep 2005 - 16:58 CatherineJohnson
I'm going to have to pace myself. One week into the new school year and I'm already fuming. The Connected Math page Carolyn found hasn't helped. It's worth reading the whole thing. Here's a project that caught my eye:
Bits and Pieces IIThat's special.
MathClassWarmUp 26 Sep 2005 - 19:40 CatherineJohnson
For their warm-up in math class yesterday, the kids penciled in all the odd numbers on a worksheet to see what word they spelled. They spelled the word odd. Clearly, ed schools do not teach the concept of opportunity costs.
MathJournalDayTwo 30 Jun 2006 - 16:49 CatherineJohnson
OK, state tests start one week from tomorrow, and the kids wrote in their Math Journals again today. They wrote in their Math Journals yesterday, too. The teacher put an inspirational quote about what to do when you crash into a wall up on the board, and they were supposed to write about how the quote related to the state test. (NOTE: Christopher cannot pronounce inspirational.) Today's quote was something about 'not thinking about what you've lost.' Excuse me while I hunt down a Google image for banging my head against the wall.
OK, that was quick.
No math homework tonight! No Top Secret Glencoe Diagnose - Prescribe - Practice workbook! No math of any kind! So I've spent my entire evening pulling worksheets out of the 3-inch DuraTech worksheet binder I assembled awhile back and combining them with fill-in-the-gap worksheets I tracked down on the web today and coaxing-coercing Christopher to apply himself and do some math. news flash: Christopher does not appear to know how to read a coordinate plane. More specifically, he does not appear to know that a coordinate plane is made up of two number lines; nor does he seem to understand that you never, ever, under any circumstances have positive numbers to the left of the zero, or below the zero in the case of the Y axis. THEY ALWAYS PUT THE NUMBERS ON!!!!! HOW WAS I SUPPOSED TO KNOW THAT WAS A NEGATIVE NUMBER!!!! THEY DIDN'T PUT ANY NUMBERS ON!!!! etc. diagnose - prescribe - practice!
winner worksheets Two fantastic resources:
The other two sources I'm relying on are Kelley Wingate Pre-Algebra and Instructional Fair Pre-Algebra. Both are quite good, though I've gotten more use out of Instructional Fair for some reason. I'll probably spring for most of the Instructional Fair workbooks as I go along. The Lakeshore stores carry them, and you can order them online from Frankschaffer.com, though they're somewhat difficult to track down on the site.
This is interesting. A Math Journal with a bunch of math inside. No sayings about "not thinking about what you've lost" and such.
update Is this a DuraTech 3" binder? I think not.
-- CatherineJohnson - 08 Mar 2006