The Sigh Heard Around Twitter
Many of you have probably seen a retweet with the title 5 Lessons Education Taught Us in 2014.
For some, the initial reaction was probably one of excitement. You’re most comfortable when you can stand and deliver, tell students steps for completing computation, and drill students using timed tests. Some of you may have vomited a little in your mouths, picturing those figure heads within your district saying, “See I knew this ‘new math’ isn’t what will increase our scores”. And others saw through the selective data, stared truth in the face and carried on.
Looking closer at the actual data report it can be concluded the data used in the study was self-reported by teachers. Therefore we have no information about the teachers’ understanding of mathematics, the manner in which these practices mentioned in the report were implemented, and no information about the teachers’ understanding of effective practice as defined by other research.
Written by Jenise Sexton (@MrsJeniseSexton)