This is my responds to the video lesson not being "counched in a rea-world context." Please post.
First of all, both types of lessons need to be a part of classroom learning situations. Ideas in the abstract sometimes give the student opportunities to learn the “rule” without being distracted by the content. However, to reinforce what the “rule” is, the student must see it applied in the real world. Not all students have opportunities at home to see the application of mathematics in their lives, so it becomes necessary to see that “real world” in the classroom also.
I am a teacher in California, and too often we are driven to get through the standards without having the opportunity to show how those standards are applied in hands-on activities. Driven by the standardized tests does not make good mathematical thinkers. I do have many “mathematics only” lessons in my classroom but try to fit in the application for each topic.
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Received on Mon Feb 28 08:20:13 2005