Friday, July 15, 2016

Math problems of the week: Common Core-inspired explained answers

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Extra Credit

Might there be a bias towards verbosity and against poor penmanship and spelling?


GoogleMaster said...

Maybe I'm misremembering, but isn't telling time ("reading" clocks) learned at around four or five years old, so placing hands on a clock ("writing" clocks) should be a first grade lesson, not a third grade lesson?

Barry Garelick said...

To some, counting by five's a "mere" procedure, thereby rendering such answers to be placed in the "math zombie" category.

Anonymous said...

Math grades should depend on ability to do math, not expressive ability. Last kid obviously understands the math, just is not yet able to explain clearly. Different skills. I don't know why they have to be bundled together. Do they think little kids can explain as easily as grown-up teachers are supposed to be able to explain? And it seems that even those grading do not understand why some explanations show a much better understanding that others, if they are not what they are told to expect in an answer, or don't even understand the math as well. Just because you can't explain doesn't mean you are not good at math, and sometimes the more brilliant kids have the most trouble explaining that young, as they do not have the words/language for some of their ideas.

treehousekeeper said...

Seriously, they're asking them to explain in written words why 7:20 looks the way it does on an analog clock? That is beyond ridiculous.