Monday, January 16, 2006

Everyday Math, huh

Well, just to confuse everybody, yet once again they changed how they teach math.

Some of the local schools are now using something called Everyday Math. If you are a parent of one of these children, I am so sorry!

The idea seems to be that you don't memorized 9 x7 and such things. Instead, problems are solved using little sheets of paper. Click the image above for an interactive example. Here is an additional resource.

It all looks like the abacus repackaged to me. Click the image below to go to an interactive abacus.

Just like the abacus, Everyday Math allows for math problems in other bases besides Base 10 (what we all use). That's right, your third grader will soon be asking for help doing arithmetic in Base 5 or Base 8! Good luck to you! [Here is a good site that explains how to do math in other bases besides 10.]


siren said...

Jim, I know you put this up for my benefit, having discovered I'm mathematically challenged :-)
Yep -- I did get the idea from you -- my concern is that the new,new math helps raise test scores but does not prepare kids for doing math in the real world

The Phoenix said...

I rarely get past second base.
don't you have a five year old? -- so, it's been 5 years? :)

Ben Heller said...

I guess it's getting kids away from calculators.

There's a kids scheme in the UK at the moment for learning maths by playing darts matches. It's getting good press because it teaches basic maths and the kids have fun.
I had always heard that you could take all the content from grades 1-6 and teach it in the first 4 months of grade 7 -- that the minds of most children are not developed far enough while they are in grades 1-6 to fully comprehend what is being taught in grades 1-6. instead, grades 1-6 should be used to develop social and communication skills, and perhaps ballroom dancing.

siren said...

Jim - I'm concerned too. I have a daughter in 2nd grade and know the time will come soon when she'll be approaching me with math questions and all I'll have to offer is that deer in the headlights look.
"In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made School Boards." Mark Twain

The Phoenix said...

My favorite Twain quote:

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."

Jim said...

"I went to a restaurant that serves 'breakfast at any time'. So I ordered
French Toast during the Renaissance." -- Steven Wright

stan said...

Test scores appear higher when presented in a smaller Base number... a score of 250 in Base 10 equals 372 in Base 8...Perhaps the politicians won't notice :)