[2015] Elizabeth Garnett: Changes in Mathematics education

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[2015] Elizabeth Garnett: Changes in Mathematics education

References:Video- EdChatTV (2013, August 19). How They Do it In Hungary? Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_hs5PpySJoImages-http://www.k-5mathteachingresources.com/images/dotcardsample1.jpghttp://croknipa.com/kindergarten-extending-patterns-activities/http://fun-a-day.com/centers-a-basic-introduction/

Video SummaryHungarian schools are admired for their students' math abilities and the way their teachers enhance these abilities. In kindergarten, children are not even expected to write with a pencil. They must develop their hand muscles through activities, play, and coloring.Writing numerals is not introduced until first grade, along with addition and subtraction.

Schools in academically higher achieving countries provide a relaxation or play period after in-depth lessons. American schools have recently begun providing "brain breaks." This is a step in the right direction.


Changes in Mathematics Education

The children pictured to the left are using hands-on strategies to model their thinking. This gives them multiple opportunities to discover and share with others. They are also strengthening their motor skills while learning about numbers and quantities.

When asked about the lack of technology used in her classroom, a second grade Hungarian teacher's response was "not using IT methods ....I think it is more people orientated." (Takacsne)

In reference to preparing materials for lessons, one first grade teacher says "Different objects make the subject interesting for the pupil." (Fulopne, 2014)



Personal SummaryI feel that with our new math standards the United States is beginning to see the importance of critical and in-depth thinking, but we are still a long way from progressing in the ways we should. Websites like Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers have websites, apps, and premade worksheets for every standard, but most of children's learning in the early childhood years needs to be with concrete materials. Those items can have their place, but they should not take place of good instruction. I enjoyed hearing the teacher on the video mention a statement to the effect of a good teacher plans thoroughly.


Less breadth, more depth


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