## Tuesday, October 6, 2009

### Jarret's Post October 6 2008

BOB
-You can use bar graphs, circle graphs(uses percents), and a number line.
-There is a y-axis and x-axis with 4 quadrants. The first quadrant is ++. The second is +-. The third quadrant is -- and the fourth quadrant is -+. The quadrants are labeled as roman numerals. Finally, the origin is in the middle of the graph. The coordinates of the origin is (0,0).
-There are double line graphs and double circle graphs.
What I know that would improve my test scores.
I would study more so that I can remember the answers easily.

Eric.P 8-73

Good job Jarret next time try to make it more clear.

Camille873

nice job jarret great colors!

vicky873

God Job Jarret. You should've put a better explanation how you would've improved it. It was an assessment, you didn't need to study :).

Kim873

wow Jarret, so COLOURFUL

abby 8-73

GOOD JOB JARRET! (:

amiel 8-73

vicky right you have to study but nice colours

Jemineth873

Good job jarret. Next time you can put spaces between each different section of what you're trying to explain .

Alan

National math test scores continue to be disappointing. This poor trend persists in spite of new texts, standardized tests with attached implied threats, or laptops in the class. At some point, maybe we should admit that math, as it is taught currently and in the recent past, seems irrelevant to a large percentage of grade school kids.

Why blame a sixth grade student or teacher trapped by meaningless lessons? Teachers are frustrated. Students check out.

The missing element is reality. Instead of insisting that students learn another sixteen formulae, we need to involve them in tangible life projects. And the task must be interesting.

A Trip To The Number Yard is a math book focusing on the building of a bungalow. Odd numbered chapters cover the phases of the project: lot layout, foundation, framing, all the way through until the trim out. The even numbered chapters introduce the math needed for the next stage of building and/or reviews the previous lessons.

This type of project-oriented math engages kids. It is fun. They have a reason to learn the math they may have ignored in the standard lecture format of a class room.

If we really want kids to learn math and to have the lessons be valuable, we need to change the mode of teaching. Our kids can master the math that most adults need. We can’t continue to have class rooms full of math drudges. Instead, we need to clandestinely teach them math via real life projects.

Alan Cook
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