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From: Jan Robinson (jrobinso@d21.k12.il.us)
Date: Thu Jul 15 2004 - 00:15:01 EDT

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    Brenda,

    I would agree that there are times that require direct instruction and
    strangely enough I am having the most success with long division with my
    8th graders who are in algebra. I know teach the traditional long
    division algorithm when we are about to study division of polynomials.
    First, students seem to be ready to learn it and teaching the algorithm
    becomes the launch for them to explore using long division with
    polynomials.

    The question you have to answer when you decide to use direct
    instruction vs. a Launch, Explore, Summarize method is this. . . Will my
    students benefit more from having time to work on a problem and trying
    their own approaches to solving that problem or from me showing and
    telling them how to perform a specific skill? You want to have them
    exploring a problem before direct instruction if possible, especially if
    the problem leads to a "need" for them to develop or learn the desired
    skill.

    Keep me posted as you start the year with your students.

    Jan Robinson

    On Monday, July 12, 2004, at 02:39 PM, Brenda Athens wrote:

    > 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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    School District 21
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    Ph: (847) 520-2745

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