This is going to get me through another week! Thanks Mike!
Let me explain. There’s a math epidemic (remember Ebola 2014+). Students are bleeding out from the gashes of their misconceptions of mathematics. The lack of teaching conceptual understanding along with sacrificed opportunities to make mathematical connections is the double edged sword. This is an epidemic, and some teachers, school systems and educational leaders are treating it like it’s a tiny scratch, instead of the pervasive threat to mathematical achievement that it is.
Here’s a familiar scenario: A school’s test scores come back after the spring testing season (or mid-terms). The scores show little growth from the previous year in the area of mathematics, and any change is not in a positive direction. The knee-jerk reaction to the valid question, “What can we do to fix this?” is to look for programs and technology that will fix the problem. These are the same individuals who, way back in August, looked us…
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