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[Xmca-l] Re: units of mathematics education

as you write, Andy,

 Doing maths is not, in my view,
decoding the "word problem."

absolutely - decoding is not comprehension.  

 what i didn't make clear was that if the students had done 80% of the classroom discussion, instead of the teacher, it would have become clear the students' number fluency and understanding of math operations necessary for solving the problem.

i'm guessing that the teacher was more interested in students getting the right answer than students demonstrating understanding and practicing math strategies.