Saturday, October 27, 2007

New Math

My sister Colleen had New Math and she was confused her entire life. I took a class in grad school on how to teach it, and there were students in the class who had been teaching it for five years and from their questions it was obvious why the kids were so confused. Teachers who don't understand something have no ability to teach it.


Deja Pseu said...

My mother taught me how to do "short division". My teachers wanted me to do "long division." I never understood why; it took twice as long to get the same answer.

J at said...

I don't know the difference between new math and old math...I guess I'm lucky, huh?

Bridget Magnus said...

The more I learn about math teaching techniques, the more I like Kumon.