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More About a Poor Way to Teach the Solving of Math Word Problems

My 12/16/2010 IAE Blog entry about a poor way to teach math word problem-solving has received a lot of hits. (See the entry at http://i-a-e.org/iae-blog/look-before-you-leap-think-before-you-act-above-all-first-understand.html.) However, it has received few (positive or negative) responses to me or comments added to that entry.

Here are some more of my thoughts on this topic.

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In Problem Solving, Think Before You Act

This IAE Blog entry can be summarized by the statement, "First understand the problem."

My friend Robert Albrecht and I are writing a book on the use of games in math education (Moursund and Albrecht, 2011). Part of our focus is on math word problems. Today I was browsing the Web to find information useful in the book, and I came across a 2001 article in The Math Forum, "Ask Dr. Math" at http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/57500.html.

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Helping Tutors to Become Better Tutors

Many schools provide tutoring services to their students. Tutoring might be done by regular teachers, special education teachers, tutors hired on an hourly basis, parents, and students.

In some sense, such tutoring services are almost like having a school within a school. The tutors have widely varying knowledge and skills both in their discipline content areas and in their knowledge and skill in tutoring. The tutoring itself can have widely varying goals. It is common, for example, to provide a modest amount of tutoring to help prepare a “borderline” student to take a required state test. A few extra points scored on such a test can move a student up to the “pass” level.

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Computational Thinking Versus Computer and Information Science

Computer and Information Science is now a well-established discipline. The first undergraduate and graduate degrees in this discipline were developed during the 1960's. Over the years, CIS had has its ups and downs in enrollment. Also, advanced placement coursework was developed at the precollege level, along with a variety of less demanding computer programming and computer science courses.

Recently I read the following article:

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Test Anxiety and Use of Non-test Methods to Measure Learning

All students and teachers know something about test anxiety. Under the pressure of an exam, some students are unable to demonstrate some of the knowledge and skills that they have learned.

Recently a student in the Mathematics Department at the University of Manitoba, Canada, earned a doctorate in math without passing the comprehensive exam. Here is a quote from The Chronicle of Higher Education (11/29/2010):

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