For those of you who have been following my writing, you are aware that I teach math in middle school and that I am extremely interested in the most effective ways of teaching the subject. I majored in mathematics and am pursuing the teaching of it as a second career after having retired several years ago. I balance my teaching by writing articles that address the problems with math education in the U.S. You will also know that I was educated in the 50’s and 60’s, and thus obtained my math education via what is called “traditional” math teaching.
Because of my educational background and my beliefs in how math should and should not be taught, I often find myself engaged in the following dialogue, either in person or on the internet:
Someone: The traditional method of teaching math failed many students.
Me: The traditional method seemed to work well for…
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