Here is a video of Phil Daro calling for a change in classroom habits of how we teach students to solve problems. Great quote, from Phil’s daughter: “Daddy, I don’t have time to understand it, I just want to get it right on the test.”
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Change from “Answer Getting” to “Preparing for Algebra” is well demonstrated. I look forward to sharing Phil’s video with teachers and principals. Thank you for sharing this with us. ~Nancy
Is this video available at another site? My school has the site blacklisted.
Janice usually you can contact your county person (principal should know who) and they can unblock that one site once they see it is ok.
Janice, would downloading the video work for you?
Phil refers to videos of grade 8 classrooms in Japan and other countries. Some are available here: http://timssvideo.com/videos/Mathematics. The web site has a place to log in that is prominently displayed, but according to the web site, logging in is not necessary for viewing the videos. (Some of the transcripts are nonoptimal. JP4 SOLVING INEQUALITIES has the phrase “inequality equation” which might work better as “inequality.” Tad Watanabe has a discussion of this in the book Mathematics Curriculum in Pacific Rim Countries (Information Age Publishers, 2008).