A Catch All on a Sunday

Well, on Friday I did my first single presentation. It was a great experience. I shared several different math websites to help with learning. Since then I found a few stories about math and how it is taught in today’s world.

The first one is “The Way You Learned Math is So Old School” by NPR. I found this article interesting. However, I was quite upset about the problem that is presented at the beginning of the article.

Your fifth-grader asks you for help with the day’s math homework. The assignment: Create a “stem-and-leaf” plot of the birthdays of each student in the class and use it to determine if one month has more birthdays than the rest, and if so, which month?

Any math person knows that you cannot make a stem-and-leaf plot from this information. A stem-and-leaf plot uses the beginning number as a stem, with the leaves being the rest of the number. If you are wanting to show information about birthdays, you need to build a pictograph or bar graph. NPR, please don’t try and teach children math. It was a good article though. How math is taught today is different from the 1900s.

The next article that I want to share is over the Khan Academy. If you don’t know what this is, then you need to do some research. I will help you get started.

What started out as Sal making a few algebra videos for his cousins has grown to over 2,100 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history.

Education is going to be changing with this website. He has made some of the best videos that are out there to help students understand math concepts. All of this is. . . . . .wait for it. . . . . . .FREE!!!! FREE! FREE! FREE! Edcuators love that word. Check it out! It’s FREE!

The next two articles are from Connected Principals. They are asking, Are You Willing to Connect? and What should a networked educational leader tweet about? Two great articles to get you thinking.

Now, educators today are using social networks to connect more and more. We also know that students are doing the same. However, we all need to watch what we say on there. How much punishment is too much? In Students suspended, expelled over Facebook posts students are suspended for sharing their thoughts. Worse yet, is this stepping into private property?

Sosa is currently drafting an apology to her teacher. At the same time though, she said her school principal, Jolene Morris, violated her privacy by ordering her to log into her Facebook account at a school library computer. Morris then reportedly read the offending post and ensuing responses from friends before ordering Sosa to delete the posts. As many as 15 children made two dozen posts about the teacher in the Facebook conversation, but their penalties were not as severe (for example, a one-day suspension from school).

Do we as educators have the right to force them onto their pages and share what is there? I think that there are many things that need to be looked at here. I also believe that PARENTS should know what their children are doing online at all times! Do you know who your child is becoming friends with on Facebook and other social networks? Do you know what your child is saying and posting on there? Parents need to be watching their children and be role models for them.

Well, those are the sites and thoughts that I wanted to share with you today. I bought quite a few math and education books this weekend. I’m excited to dive deep into them and learn many things. I’ve started The Tao of Teaching by Greta Nagel, PH.D. I’m excited to read more. I leave you today with a quote that is at the beginning of the book.

When I hear, I forget
When I see, I remember
When I do, I understand
– Ancient Chinese Saying
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About Anthony Purcell

I am Anthony Purcell and I am currently teaching math in Oklahoma.
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