Wednesday, March 25, 2009

First Task Force Meeting AM

The AM part of the first math task force meeting is completed.
News: The math standards will NOT go to the state board until Dec 2009.

One task force member spoke eloquently about Asian students including best practices such as:
• lower class sizes
• interventions that add more time for students to learn math
• best teachers work with the worse (bad word choice) kids
• engineering view of standards (they have a speed standard)
• the answer is only the beginning of the process
• STEM vs Humanities tracks in high schools

The task force also debated the article: Reaching for Common Ground in K-12 Mathematics Education

One quote in the article below:
By the time they leave high school, a majority of students should have studied calculus
Many disagreed with the above statement

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