I am new to this blogging thing, but I kind of like getting to read what others are saying and maybe people will be interested in what I have to say as well!
I felt I could take this opportunity to talk about my BIGGEST pet-peeve when teaching math.
THE CALCULATOR! .. (and now the dreaded smart phone with a built in calculator)
Calculators were not invented so that all people could shut off their brains. They are a useful tool that should be used to enhance math, not remove all logic from people's brains. I had students in grade 6 that could not subtract 10-1 without asking to use a calculator ....
Most simple math problems can be solved using logic and a variety of tools we have been taught in our lives. When I was growing up I had a teacher that did not allow calculators in her classroom. If there was division that needed to be done, you did old fashioned longg division or you tried to think of a way to simplify the problem to make it easier to figure out. Now, I know this sounds extreme but this has helped me soooo much in my life. I am able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers quickly when I am given a problem, calculate tax on a price when I am at the store, break up large problems into smaller ones, I never get too much or too little pizza because that teacher made me a wiz with fractions, and I never get the wrong change at a store because I can easily work it out just as fast (usually faster) than the lady can punch in the numbers.