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This is my journey.: There is no NEW math!Carey Lehnernoreply@blogger.comBlogger10125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5895968786801801318.post-18592487578238586872015-09-07T18:14:16.890-07:002015-09-07T18:14:16.890-07:00Interactive online math homework help ,Best site ...Interactive online <a href="http://help-homework-math.com" rel="nofollow"> math homework help</a> ,Best site for <a href="http://help-homework-math.com" rel="nofollow"> math homework help</a> solutions<br />helphomeworkmathhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/16811257669836254313noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5895968786801801318.post-39271649443052105572015-03-12T09:23:38.679-07:002015-03-12T09:23:38.679-07:00I don't have a problem with "old" ma...I don't have a problem with "old" math or "new" math style, my problem is when closed minded teachers cant get off their horse and accept BOTH styles. If a student can do / understand one style another easier, the the teacher NEEDS to accept the answer. <br /><br />Like they say: "those who can, do. Those who can't, live a life style of poverty and teach"Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5895968786801801318.post-89550907179004562182014-11-03T17:17:12.692-08:002014-11-03T17:17:12.692-08:00Well I just hope the carpenter has the patience an...Well I just hope the carpenter has the patience and understanding when watching an apprentice make boxes inside boxes to make a plus sign that gives the answer to do a multiplication problem on the two by four, instead of the number over a number and working it.<br /><br /> And relating to old medical practices is not even a comparison in my book. The right comparison would be more like, we use to scratch marks on cave walls now we use pencil and paper to make the same scratch marks and still getting the same result.<br /><br /> It is new math. Math tricks. Like the one math trick where you guess a number and then go through a series of functions and get the same number every time to make yourself look like a magician to match the number wrote down in the envelope. Math has many ways to solve for the answer. Why not let people find out for themselves if they want to know the other properties the make the same conclusion. It's like math has started over from say that learning the place values of numbers ( the one, tens, hundreds and so on) was not enough. Lets draw some boxes. Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5895968786801801318.post-34866700226928150072013-09-25T20:49:47.258-07:002013-09-25T20:49:47.258-07:00I have to agree with Keith on this one, the proble...I have to agree with Keith on this one, the problem I have is our school has a math teacher that's more concerned with his athletics director position than a math teacher. I can help my children and they understand, but if they use my (old school) equation and turn in the work it's counted wrong. explain this one. The teacher and I have the same answer but my way is wrong but understandable to my children. Guy W.noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5895968786801801318.post-53473321796616525752013-09-23T16:35:49.481-07:002013-09-23T16:35:49.481-07:00I'm sorry but I do not agree at all when it co...I'm sorry but I do not agree at all when it comes to the new curriculum used in elementary education. The new curriculum is anything but helpful at teaching kids an efficient way of solving mathematical equations on the core level. When we grew up, we were taught multiple methods at solving problems as well and were told to use what works best for us to get the correct answer as long as we showed our work. I understand for the most part that this is still the case, but the primary teaching methods of this new curriculum has led only to the confusion of the students. When they spend all day learning these "new" methods and look more confused then when they started, that's a problem. Especially when reverting to the "old" ways they seem to understand it in minutes. I also feel it is fairly ignorant to compare the strategies of teaching math to the use of medical procedures. Maybe it's just our area, but there is no multiple methods taught anymore. The schools are forcing these new strategies as the only way at deriving the answers and that is where most of our frustration stems from. Our friends child, although all answers were correct, received a 0 on his work because he didn't do it there way. When taken to the principle all they got was a "sorry our hands are tied, that is how we have to do it". Maybe if we had more teachers willing to acknowledge the fact that there is more than one way we wouldn't be facing these problems, but that is not the case here. I am in no way condemning your point of view but to downplay the concerns of parents and teachers on this topic is wrong. Everyone has the right to their own opinion and should feel open to expressing them. It is topics like these that support the ever growing number of home schooled children and the statistics of there achievements surpassing our public educational system.Keith D.noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5895968786801801318.post-20733594335763935912013-09-20T19:05:20.992-07:002013-09-20T19:05:20.992-07:00I ran across your post, when looking for another s...I ran across your post, when looking for another similar argument, that also made reference to the medical procedures. As the parent of a third graders, most of us are 30 or younger, and still feel like we should know the most up to date information. I understand it enough to help my son, and I work on it daily, as the mother of an Advanced Student, who just brought home all A's on his progress report, except one... His math grade is a low B. I feel I need to understand it to be able to help him, and the more I understand it, the more I stand behind it. Thank you for this wonderful article, to help me help others see, even when looking from the eyes of the parent of a young child!Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5895968786801801318.post-8074576171752499822013-08-18T16:19:43.308-07:002013-08-18T16:19:43.308-07:00Loved this post I will be referring people to it w...Loved this post I will be referring people to it when I hear this argument, which I seem to again and again. You do a wonderful job of explaining this "new math".Michelle Olchowskihttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11199267317592129075noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5895968786801801318.post-46289457476639726842013-08-13T13:08:15.412-07:002013-08-13T13:08:15.412-07:00Thanks for this eye-opening post! And I do agree o...Thanks for this eye-opening post! And I do agree on your point about embracing the new strategies. The rules of math are constant, but over the years, new techniques are developed on how to solve and calculate things. It is your choice, if you want to go the traditional way or learn the new one. But it wouldn't hurt to learn both, as you can gain a new perspective on solving things. <br /><br />Yvonne@<a href="http://hometutorssacramento.com/our-process/" rel="nofollow">HomeTutorsSacramento.com</a> Yvonne Mathishttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10370738323957603370noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5895968786801801318.post-75490322967355540502013-02-26T07:33:25.832-08:002013-02-26T07:33:25.832-08:00Hi,
I came across your blog via David Wees, and a...Hi,<br /><br />I came across your blog via David Wees, and as a fellow mathematics educator I thought you might be able to help in spreading the word about an educational TV show for preteens about math that we're putting together. "The Number Hunter" is a cross between Bill Nye The Science Guy and The Crocodile Hunter -- bringing math to children in an innovative, adventurous way. I’d really appreciate your help in getting the word out about the project. <br /><br />http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/564889170/the-number-hunter-promo<br /><br />I studied math education at Jacksonville University and the University of Florida. It became clear to me during my studies why we’re failing at teaching kids math. We're teaching it all wrong! Bill Nye taught kids that science is FUN. He showed them the EXPLOSIONS first and then the kids went to school to learn WHY things exploded. Kids learn about dinosaurs and amoeba and weird ocean life to make them go “wow”. But what about math? You probably remember the dreaded worksheets. Ugh. <br /><br />I’m sure you know math is much more exciting than people think. Fractal Geometry was used to create “Star Wars” backdrops, binary code was invented in Africa, The Great Pyramids and The Mona Lisa, wouldn’t exist without geometry.<br />Our concept is to create an exciting, web-based TV show that’s both fun and educational.<br /><br />If you could consider posting about the project on your blog, I’d very much appreciate it. Also, if you'd be interested in link exchanging (either on The Number Hunter site, which is in development, or on StatisticsHowTo.com which is a well-established site with 300,000 page views a month) please shoot me an email. We're also always looking for input and ideas from other math educators!<br /><br />Thanks in advance for your help,<br /><br />Stephanie<br />andalepublishing@gmail.com<br />http://www.thenumberhunter.com<br />http://www.statisticshowto.com<br />http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/564889170/the-number-hunter-promo<br />Stephanie Glenhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01750774889132999541noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5895968786801801318.post-90066223644101750792012-12-14T06:10:41.895-08:002012-12-14T06:10:41.895-08:00I am right there with you! I teach 8th grade algeb...I am right there with you! I teach 8th grade algebra in a community where most parents took algebra in late high school, if at all. I totally understand that with a lot of these skills, they fall into "if you don't use it you lose it." When parents tell me they don't remember it or didn't learn it this way, I always say I understand and I back them up. I also let them know that I am not a teacher who forces my way upon students and if their student can understand it the way their parent teaches it that's fine. <br /><br />With that, I CAN'T STAND this "new math" argument. Where did that term even come from? My (students') parents just accept their children struggling because they did or tell them it's not important. During a conference I had a very much struggling sixth grade student tell her mother that "math is important. Like if you go to the grocery store and your total is $17.43 and you give them a $20 you need to make sure you get back..." and started trying to figure out the change. Her mother said "You get back $2.57 - that's not math it's common sense." That just broke my heart to see a student who constantly fights me to be just torn down by her mother. <br /><br />The hardest thing about being a math teacher: fighting back against the attitudes learned from parents.brynn codyhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/12993328799835329499noreply@blogger.com