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From: Brenda Athens (BrendaAthens@new.rr.com)
Date: Mon Jul 12 2004 - 15:39:35 EDT

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    Jan,
    I'm happy to hear from you so I can thank you for sharing your expertise. I'm thoroughly enjoying "The Missing Link" and learning so much about a new way to teach!

    I keep mulling over how to start this year, using the launch, explore, summarize method. Many students come to me needing more review and reteaching of multiplication with regrouping and division. Is there any way to use this method with those topics? I can see it for learning the concept of division, but I think there's no getting around "stand and deliver" for teaching long division. Have you had math classes where you go back and forth, perhaps daily at some points, from traditional methods to launch, explore, summarize?

    I've been so encouraged throughout the series by the comments from you and others that lower level students can be included. Higher level math in particular I have found tough to incorporate in past years. My students are generally bright young people who can learn anything that is introduced to them in the way they learn. This methods of teaching seems ideal, and I can't wait to get back to my classroom to try the lessons. I watched the 5th workshop today on angles and polygons and think that the majority of my past students would enjoy learning these new concepts.

    I'd be delighted to learn anything you can pass along about teaching lower level math; any tips or ideas. You have certainly taught me so much already with "the Missing Link". Again, thank you!

    Brenda

    ----- Original Message -----
      From: Jan Robinson
      To: Discussion List for THE MISSING LINK
      Sent: Friday, July 09, 2004 10:51 PM
      Subject: Re: [Teacher-Talkmissinglink] missing link

      Brenda,

      I'm excited to hear that the Missing Link is still going strong. My name is Jan Robinson and I was the Master Teacher for the series. I have been teaching this material with low students now for over 6 years. It is just as you say. . Once you convince them that struggling with a lesson is OK and they experience their first break through, then they are hooked.

      Keep up the good work. Too often I hear special educators that tell their students not to do certain problems because they are too hard for them. That breaks my heart. I still believe that students will rise to the challenge if supported and if they see you believe they can do it.

      Contact me any time through the series if you have questions.

      Jan

      On Friday, July 9, 2004, at 10:37 AM, Brenda Athens wrote:

        "Brenda Athens" <BrendaAthens@new.rr.com>

      ======================
      Jan Robinson
      Mathematics Resource Teacher
      School District 21
      Wheeling, IL
      Ph: (847) 520-2745

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