We’re in a bind in education.
We seem to have classrooms increasingly being filled with technological wonders.
And that’s good!
But we also seem to have classrooms in which the students are megabytes ahead of the teachers who are trying to teach them in the area of technology.
Not good enough!
Teachers need the training, the professional development, that will AT THE VERY LEAST give them a fighting chance of understanding what their students are doing on their laptops and tablets (the electronic ones, I mean!).
The old saying that a tradesman is only as good as his tools is only partly true when translated to the classroom situation. We seem to have developed a scenario in which the tools are pretty-well available, but the expertise to manage them and use them to maximum effect in a positive way has eluded us.
Perhaps it’s time for industry to step in and become an active partner in our education system by offering to train our valuable classroom teachers in the technology of today.
After all, it’s the students of TODAY that will be the business professionals of TOMORROW.
How about it, business people?
Why do we teach maths these days as though nothing has changed in the past 50 years? It’s almost embarrassing!
BECAUSE . . . SO MUCH HAS CHANGED!
Whereas in the past, our teaching resources were the product of time-consuming publishing regimes and deadlines, the technology of today has changed all that!
Maths lessons today can be centred around the REAL WORLD — the world in which students and teachers alike are living in each day.
And WHY NOT!
So that’s why anyone worth their salt is looking around for teaching resources that actually RELATE to today’s world.
Such things DO exist!
Just look for them.
And if you need help finding such valuable teaching stuff, just leave a comment at the foot of this blog.
We can help!
Not all maths problems are actually maths problems (er, if you know what I mean!).
Take, for example, the problem of house insurance.
This morning I rang our insurance company to check on the following:
“Are our solar panels on our roof covered by insurance?”
The English language does funny things to our brains. Any literal translation of the above question would have to result in useless solar panels. Because they’re USELESS if they’re covered.
But the term “covered” doesn’t mean “covered”! It means “covered”, doesn’t it? Yes, it does.
Now, you and I know EXACTLY what it means.
But pity the poor primary school student who is struggling with literacy AND maths, and can’t interpret this problem.
What hope does he/she have?
That’s why WE do what WE do. Worded maths problems are an essential part of maths understanding and development.
Think about it. But not too long!
Better that you DO something about it! NOW! It can be lots of FUN!