Regular Edspresso readers know "John Dewey" is working towards certification as a math teacher. Click for his first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth columns. As always, he prefers to remain anonymous. -ed.
Greetings and thanks to my many fans and well-wishers for their undying support, encouragement, wisdom and guidance. I am happy to say that my Math Teaching Methods, Part I is at long last over. For those of you wondering how I’ve done, I’m getting an A in the course. I have not kept secret from the teacher my opinions of how math should be taught and though we disagree, he has offered me this final email message: “I have very much enjoyed sharing the classroom with you. Your insights and comments have been extremely valuable, and your willingness to communicate your point of view has served as model behavior for your classmates. Thank you very much.”
There are some positive aspects to Mr. NCTM I’d like to mention. He has had 30 years of experience teaching high school math, knows quite a bit of math, has a good sense of humor, and has provided my class excellent advice regarding classroom management issues, and other things such as how much material to cover in one lesson plan, and what concepts students find difficult. Our difference in opinions has not influenced the grading of any of my work. (Note: He does not yet know about this column, so if you wish to tell him about it, please wait until after the grade is in the transcript.)
My classmates are quite bright, and if I led you to believe they are all dyed-in-the-wool constructivists, let me set the record straight. Only one