posted on Feb, 13 2013 @ 02:25 PM
reply to post by XLR8R
175 + 356 + 149 = X
100 + 300 + 100 =500
70 + 50 + 40 = 160
5 + 6 + 9 =20
- 500 160 + 20 680
This is actually the way we teach math now (trying to avoid the formulaic approach). When students truly understand the base ten system and how to
manipulate it, they can solve the problem you gave above mentally. I've seen them do it.
I hate it when teachers require a certain "way" be used, especially in math. There are all sorts of strategies one can use to solve a math problem.
Personally, I don't care how my students solve it (so long as the way is correct), I just want them to be able to explain to me how they got their
answer. If they can explain it, then I know they've got the concept down pat.
As far as history and social studies, here in North Carolina there's a push to forgo text books and teach using primary resource documents. My
husband is department chair of social studies, and this is how they are teaching history. So, for example, when discussing the Civil War, they read
(through the Library of Congress) primary sources, such as letters, interviews with slaves, military correspondence, etc. I think that gives a fair
more accurate understanding of the history than reading a couple of paragraphs in a textbook.
With regards to creativity, there are a plethora of ways to bring creativity into the classroom. I teach first grade, but my kids are making
powerpoints (which they love), animating their written stories, adding music to projects, etc. One of my boys wrote a really cute rap for his
assignment. So there are ways to be creative, if the teacher will just nourish that creativity.
Sorry you had such a bad experience with public education. I know you're far from alone in this regard, but hopefully public education will make a
turnaround and improve. That's my hope, anyway.