[Original date posted: 10/29/2011]
Once again, Jo Boaler (author of What’s Math Got to Do With It?) has managed to explain to me why I lost my love of math throughout school. My immediate reaction to group work is frequently negative since it was never really a part of my education in a positive way but it always ends up being a valuable experience in many ways. The importance of collaboration becomes more and more clear with each chapter I read.
I remember this from my earlier days in school as well as my current experience in the school of education. I have learned a lot from collaborating with peers during the blocks and I plan to utilize this teaching style in my own future classroom. It is helpful to me to take the view of math that I grew up with (memorization of formulas and concepts) and instead pan out my view to a larger scope of number sense and problem solving.
I especially appreciate Boaler’s explanation of how she and her graduate students began approaching a new way of thinking about math with their summer school students and I believe these ideas would work with any grade at any level: