Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hands-on activities: "Let's just say we did it!"

My daughter is still debriefing from last school year.

She recently described a situation in which her math group was required to work out an arithmetic problem using blocks. Not only did she know the answer without the help of the blocks: the blocks were actually a hindrance because the towers kept falling over. She apparently advised her group that they could cease the frustrating block play, write down the answer, and simply pretend they'd found it with the help of the blocks.

Among other things, today's laborious hands-on "solutions" are promoting deceit.

...And perhaps giving those hands-on methods that actually are effective a bad name.

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