These resources feature Phil Daro, a member of the team that developed the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM).
July 7, 2015
Phil Daro compares and contrasts the answer-getting learning style of the United States with the collaborative learning style of Japan.
Phil Daro compares a math classroom in the United States with one in Japan.
When teaching students math, we often do so in a way that doesn't help them make sense of the subject. We teach the steps to take to get an answer, rather helping them understand why those are the steps to take.
While many believe that students learn math on a straight-forward, linear path, they actually pull ideas from many different sources when completing a problem. The challenge for the teacher, then, is to take these students, all in different places, and help them reach the agreed-upon standards.
Phil Daro explains that the main cause behind the United States' lagging academic performance, particularly in math education, is not the students, the teachers, or the schools, but rather the curriculum, specifically in its attempt to cover too much material.