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# Re: [Channel-talknumber] math concepts first

From: virginia stone-meyer <annelf1_at_hotmail.com>
Date: Fri Jan 11 2008 - 19:43:17 EST

I have to rely on calculators as their I.E.P.s require them. My students can't do basic math beyond one digit by one digit operations with out them. Since I am required to teach the same content state standards as the rest of the 7th and 8th grade math, they at least allow me to teach the concepts without the frustration of not having the basic math skills. Surprisingly, they will often get the more "advanced" things like geometry and some algebra, decimals and percentages, etc. they don't know it, but I try to teach these concepts in way that they have to constantly practice their basic operations, like my fractions unit for my 7th graders. Multiplying fractions is still multiplication!

To: channel-talknumber@learner.org
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2008 16:57:50 -0500
From: mrherreraa@netscape.net
Subject: Re: [Channel-talknumber] math concepts first

Hello, I am not a special ed teacher. However, I am a math teacher (7-8). I believe that it is an excellent idea to use the calculators in class (iff they are a two line display). This will assist your students with the observation of the calculations. However, you must place emphasis in the usage of parenthesis after each operation, because some calculators do not follow PEMDAS. Also, do not forget about the difference between the negative sign and the subtraction sign especially if you are teaching integers.

Calculators, do work if you control their usage in class. Probably, you might even notice that after a few days, your kids are solving the problems without the aid of the little stupid machines (little stupid machine is the name that I use for calculators in my classroom).

Mr. Herrera

-----Original Message-----

From: Paula Toomey <Paula_Toomey@natick.k12.ma.us>

To: jspinner@verizon.net

Cc: Discussion list for LEARNING MATH: NUMBER AND OPERATIONS <channel-talknumber@learner.org>

Sent: Thu, 10 Jan 2008 9:52 am

Subject: Re: [Channel-talknumber] math concepts first

Hi,

I also teach special ed. I teach in a self-contained setting. My advice to my students is to be able to tell me the process they used to get their answer(s). This applies to all my students - whether they are still in the basics and are developing number sense or are beyond the basics. Experience has taught me that even the kids who are still developing number sense or are working their way through the basics actually advance in math beyond the expectations because they are able in one way or another to explain or demonstrate the process they used. It's an excellent life skill!

Also, in this age of high stakes testing, they need to be able to explain the process they used.

Paula

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Received on Mon Jan 14 09:11:12 2008