I currently teach math and have taught for 20 years. Here is what I am going to say. No matter what "new" ridiculous method that a TEXTBOOK company produces, the old method that you learned will result in the CORRECT answer and that is what matters. This is a HUGE issue for me and really has dire consequences when the kids get older. Do not worry about the method in the book, just teach her your way. It may not be a popular response, but frankly correct is correct no matter how you calculated it.
I've never seen that first way before, but WOW! That looks so much easier! I'm floored that I made it 38 years and never learned that! Cool!
BUT, apart from my fascination- I agree with you. My younger two love math and would enjoy learning different ways, but my oldest struggles HUGELY in every subject and when they teach things multiple ways he ends up learning NONE of the ways effectively because his brain gets overwhelmed and shuts down! :-( I break out in hives at the thought of homeschooling because I don't think I have a ton of patience, but I am really considering homeschooling him from next year on because of things like this. He needs to have ONE way chosen and taught to him.
by laird6372October 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Maybe they are just trying to show the basic way to do it? It seems like the second one is the way I learned it. Maybe the first was to give the concept of it?
I also taught Multiplication when I was teaching.
I learned, using the carrying method.
I never knew about the method of starting with the ones column and working left until I started teaching school.
I had kids coming from Mexico and Central America trying to do Math the first way you showed us.
I don't think they learned it that way!!!!!!
I finally told them they had no choice but to do it the correct way.
About changes: The district I once worked in was famous for that: IN EVERYTHING.
That aspect of school drove me NUTS!!!!
by Mom2TabithaOctober 11, 2012 at 7:56 PM
My daughter's teacher followed up after my discussion with the principal. She sat with Tabitha today and they went over 3 ways to do it. Tabitha can use ANY of them on her work. Tabitha seems to like the "box" method whatever that is. If it makes sense to her, I am all for it.
As for math homework taking 1.5 hours or more a night...that has ended. When I feel Tabitha has maxed out on it for the night. We are done. As long as I put a note on the homework, the teacher will call it complete. She does request that we do the word problems (usually 2) and at least 3 of the other problems. No more all night battles!!!!! YAY!!
The math program at my daughter's school (and most the rest of the county is called Go Math. I hate it (and so do many other parents.) It meeds the Sunshine State Standards. So, it is what they use to prepare for the No Child Left Behind crap. Well, better days are ahead.