Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Matthew Peterson on interactive software designed for math learning

Excellent talk by Matt Peterson, founder of Mind Research, on how current teaching is flawed in its extreme emphasis on the use of words when clearly words do not work for most students.

Matt says: "...instead of just throwing a bunch of words at students, we create rich opportunities for them to create their own dots in their own heads, about how math works. And when students play an active role in figuring out how math works, they want to talk about it. It sparks mathematical talk. In this way, a language free approach can improve language skills."

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