[IAEP] Thoughts on Pedagogy and supporting activity creators

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Tue Jan 6 22:16:17 EST 2009

"it would be really good to help everyone learn real mathematical
thinking and doing"


On Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 9:57 PM, Alan Kay <alan.nemo at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Exactly right Bill!
> What the learner needs to help them learn comes before all. This will lead
> to what kinds of materials hard and soft can support their learning.
> (The context for these two sentences is that we also need to have a real
> idea of what it is we'd like to help them learn, and this can range from
> "whatever strikes their fancy" to e.g. "it would be really good to help
> everyone learn real mathematical thinking and doing".)
> Cheers,
> Alan
> ________________________________
> From: Bill Kerr <billkerr at gmail.com>
> To: Marco Pesenti Gritti <marcopg at sugarlabs.org>
> Cc: iaep <iaep at lists.sugarlabs.org>; "Costello, Rob R"
> <Costello.Rob.R at edumail.vic.gov.au>
> Sent: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 3:37:01 PM
> Subject: Re: [IAEP] Thoughts on Pedagogy and supporting activity creators
> On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 2:54 AM, Marco Pesenti Gritti <marcopg at sugarlabs.org>
> wrote:
>> On Sun, Jan 4, 2009 at 6:01 PM, Caroline Meeks
>> <caroline at solutiongrove.com> wrote:
>> > Yes we need to think about whether these people are using Python, eToys,
>> > JavaScript or Flash to convert these worksheets into a Sugarized
>> > activity,
>> > but we also need to think about how the process of Sugarizing can help
>> > them
>> > create a more effective learning experience for these students then the
>> > original mimeographed exercises.
>> +1! I think looking beyond technicalities this is a very important
>> point. (Yeah, I'll share my thoughts about technicalities too, as soon
>> as I managed to get email backlog under control!).
> Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics: Teachers' Understanding of
> Fundamental Mathematics in China and the United States (Studies in
> Mathematical Thinking and Learning.)
> Liping Ma
> http://books.google.com.au/books?id=EjkKBotJcyIC&printsec=frontcover&dq=inauthor:Liping+inauthor:Ma#PPP1,M1
> looks fantastic, I read the contents page, forward and introduction from the
> google books URL
> foundational knowledge: one and three quarters divided by a half
> ** Make up a good story to represent that problem **
> This question needs to be asked first before deciding whether to use flash,
> javascript, python, etoys or scratch to represent that story
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Walter Bender
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