Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Math Systems: Geometry, Base Ten, and Real Number Exploration
In the other two classes we talked a lot about math systems with a specific focus on comparing the Base Ten Place Value system and the Real Number System. As we begin to move into fraction models, discussion, and study, I wanted to revisit both of those systems since there was some confusion about the models with respect to the role of zero and the role of the decimal point.
We're studying math through the lens of the invented system that it is. We're looking deeply at how some systems are embedded into other systems similar to Russian nesting dolls. We're thinking about the language, parts, behavior, and connections between and amongst systems. And we're learning through lots of making and talking.
I love that fact that math teaching and learning is becoming so much more full and beautiful as we access the topic with a blended perspective and approach. Today as a boy left the class, he said, "This was a great math class." That's the kind of results I'm looking for. Onward.