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Hi! This is Dennis McCowan emailing you from Weston Massachusetts
where 21 teachers are participating in PUP-Math. We fill varous roles
in our school ranging from First Grade to BC Calculus teachers- learning
center tutors to Technology coordinators. (I am the site facitlitator
and serve as the secondary math deptartment head) We watch a tape of the
session and are about a week behind the live broadcast- we watched the
first tape yesterday (October 18)
We loved being able to watch the children grow- both mathematically and
otherwise! One interesting observation was made about Stephanie's first
attack on "Shirts and Pants"- dis otghers notice that Stephanie was
listing her possible outfits by putting the shirt color on top and pants
beneath but when she stated her second possibility she stated "blue
jeans and white shirt" yet wrote the B on top? Later on whe attempted
to write "W B" (the pair she left out) but then seemed to recall that
she had already stated "blue jeans and white shirt" so changed it to "Y
B". We believ you eed to listen VERY carefully to kids to understand
what's going on.
A question raised about the children we saw in the tape: Were all
students in the grade taped? How were those we ended up watching
actually selected? Are they representative of the Kenilworth
children? Were "special education" children part of the study?
Yet another question- manipulaties were provided for "Towers" but none
were provided for the "Cups Plates and Bowls" problem. What was the
thinking behind that decision? If doll cups, plates, and bowls had been
provided, would that bhave hgelped or hindered the mathematical growth
of the students?
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