Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Fellow Math Spirit

Just reading the top of this guy's blog, I know I'm going to like a lot of what's there:

I believe that mathematics should be taught, not collaboratively explored; algebra and geometry are better than a vague course of Integrated Math; spiraling doesn't work nearly as well as learning it properly the first time; "I don't DO math" should be an incentive rather than an excuse. "I don't DO English" should be treated the same way.


Of course, the name of the blog doesn't hurt, either.

4 comments:

Curmudgeon said...

Why, thank you very much. I will attempt to live up to (or down to, as the case may be) expectations.

Signed,
A Libertarian from the Dark Side of the Country who was really impressed with the perfect circle.

Anonymous said...

Dumb question here-and yes, I googled it but good lord tons of junk came up-what is spirialing? My lovely (sarcasm) ed profs said it was scaffolding.....what I basically do in basic math (when I teach it) to build the foundation "before adding the walls and pretty curtains."

-or teacher

Darren said...

Spiraling--repeatedly having to go back and cover previously-taught material because it wasn't taught in enough depth to achieve mastery the first time.

PeggyU said...

Oh ... I thought a scaffold was something built to hang people from.