Twitter –> math and ed-tech talk
Facebook –> personal friendships
More and more, social media can’t be compartmentalized. Just as learning can be messy, life expressed through social media isn’t always so concise.
I kept seeing this hand-written math problem with the title “This is Common Core” floating around Facebook. I did so well keeping my mouth shut about it, until a friend invited my opinion. So, I posted the problem on my own wall and encouraged discussion and feedback.
While I teach in Texas, where we do not teach the CCSS, I found this problem to be interesting, especially because so many comments absolutely bashed this so-called “new” method… which appears to have been written by an adult with an agenda, but I digress… (By the way, I’d love to specifically know where this work came from.)
My take-away: Parents and teachers, if a child presented you with work that resembled the “new” way, what would your first reaction be? Would you first seek to understand the student’s method and thinking, or would you break out a red pen? I would hope the former.
Feel free to continue the conversation here.