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*To*: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu>*Subject*: [Xmca-l] Re: Fwd: NYTimes.com: Why Do Americans Stink at Math?*From*: Avram Rips <arips@optonline.net>*Date*: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:06:40 -0400*In-reply-to*: <1406571909843.30805@uga.edu>*List-archive*: <https://mailman.ucsd.edu/mailman/private/xmca-l>*List-help*: <mailto:xmca-l-request@mailman.ucsd.edu?subject=help>*List-id*: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <xmca-l.mailman.ucsd.edu>*List-post*: <mailto:xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu>*List-subscribe*: <https://mailman.ucsd.edu/mailman/listinfo/xmca-l>, <mailto:xmca-l-request@mailman.ucsd.edu?subject=subscribe>*List-unsubscribe*: <https://mailman.ucsd.edu/mailman/listinfo/xmca-l>, <mailto:xmca-l-request@mailman.ucsd.edu?subject=unsubscribe>*References*: <53d5718e.c814e00a.3778.3ba3SMTPIN_ADDED_MISSING@mx.google.com> <CAHCnM0ALHib1wfUR+kyjdr03s2ZRq3RL12iBKBkrTymreu3bPg@mail.gmail.com> <CAGaCnpw7c+907AH+HgRT0EBCTsoi9HL-EAQAfe5hd1wo9uV9MQ@mail.gmail.com> <CAHH++Pk37b2haskqk01b1_dLm1FfV7h9PquH0vxhCxkTDnvDKA@mail.gmail.com> <CAG1MBOFPCsZYdqrxNQFn+-BFqnxreaiGL_23zdiXHbwh22qZEg@mail.gmail.com> <1406571909843.30805@uga.edu>*Reply-to*: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu>*Sender*: <xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu>

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To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu> Sent: Monday, July 28, 2014 2:25 PM Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Fwd: NYTimes.com: Why Do Americans Stink at Math?

What an interesting article! I am thinking about the lack of focus onspecific contexts in the article's discussion of teaching and learning toteach as a practicing teacher. Is it possible to go about such change(from "old" math to new math or Common Core math) with little/noconsideration for what kinds of teaching might work in a particular schoolculture or the social context of a given classroom? I think less of astandardized approach (here, everyone do this) and more focus on whatworks locally (here are some ideas; now decide what might work for you)might help teachers learn to teach Common Core math in a way that actuallyworks in their particular context. To adapt phrase from Magdalene Lampert,it might bring about more sustainable change as they are "re-learningteaching" in their schools.Because Common Core math is so different, perhaps this re-learningteaching requires a radical new approach instead of the same oldprofessional development. Learning through the Japanese jugyokenkyu methodsounds like it might be very useful, but there doesn't seem to be a pushfor reforming how teachers learn once they are in the field. (Except thatif enough of their students fail the Common Core-aligned tests, they willeventually be out of a job.)It seems nonsensical to implement incredibly high-stakes tests withoutsignificant investment in re-learning teaching and with, as far as I know,no research on how to learn to teach Common Core as a practicing teacher.I, too, wonder about how these issues are handled in Japan?Katie Katie Wester-Neal University of Georgia ________________________________________From: xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu <xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu> onbehalf of Huw Lloyd <huw.softdesigns@gmail.com>Sent: Monday, July 28, 2014 12:58 PM To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Fwd: NYTimes.com: Why Do Americans Stink at Math? On 28 July 2014 16:46, Greg Thompson <greg.a.thompson@gmail.com> wrote: [...] These students had learnedincredibly well how to solve recipe Physics but they had no idea abouthowthe basic principles of Physics worked.Greg, I would say the ethics of the situation go deeper than simply (un)learnt capabilities, but rather to the development of the student's creative capabilities (or, rather, the stunting of them). Best, Huw

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