Here’s a sample of video that I watched this week from TedTalk that I really liked. I liked it so much that I sent out a mass email (which I rarely do) to teachers all across Saskatchewan about the need for math curriculums needing a makeover. In Saskatchewan, the trend is to move towards making math more of a real life experience, rather than the prescriptive, problem-solving, formula driven math of the past.
This young teacher really captures the reality that math needs to become more real for students. Part of making it more real, is using technology to enhance the experience for students. I was challenged by this video, because it stressed how we have busied ourselves with trying to bring students from point A to point B. This is not only for math, but many subject areas. We’ve taught know the facts, but missed the boat by not stressing the point of experiencing the facts. As I write this, I’m reminded of Bloom’s revised taxonomy, which shifts away from the knowledge focus to the understanding all the way to the creating emphasis.
Well, that’s my thoughts and ramblings for this week.