Sunday, July 02, 2017

This Isn't Very Common Core-icle

When does a "black box" number/algorithm get the nod over deeper understanding?  Almost never, but sometimes:
I’m still wary of equipping students with black boxes, but these days I’m willing to do it, so long as three conditions are met. I hesitate to share this crude checklist, knowing my colleagues out there in the profession will have wiser ways to frame the tradeoffs. (After all, aren’t checklists too binary, too black-and-white, for an idea as elusive and shaded as “understanding”?)

Nevertheless, my checklist goes something like this....

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