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Teaching Math: It’s All in the Balance

§ May 23rd, 2011 § 2 Comments- Add yours§ Filed under From the Elevated Math Team § Tagged , , , , ,

Balancing Act by Taylor Dawn Fortune

"Balancing Act" by Taylor Dawn Fortune

The debate continues between two camps—the traditional vs. the reform—as to how children should be taught math. On one side are those who believe skills should be taught based on algorithms, formulas and step-by-step procedures. On the other side are those who think the more inquiry-based approach that emphasizes developing conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills is the key to success. My question is: Why does it have to be one or the other? Why can’t it be a combination of both?

Let me illustrate. My 2nd grade grandson walked to my house to show me how well he is doing in math class. He announced, “I have an ‘A,’ Gigi!”

“Wow!” I said, “Show me what you are learning!” § Read the rest of this entry…