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June 6, 2013 at 6:33 AM

Teaching math in school

Everyday Math works

The pendulum swings again [“Bring back real math to Seattle,” Opinion, June 5]. I have taught Everyday Math for four years at three different grade levels and it strikes the perfect balance between teaching mathematical concepts in different ways (including the traditional method) and providing plenty of computation practice. This is real math.

It should not be labeled “discovery math” because mathematical concepts are systematically taught. To address multiple learning styles, each concept is approached a number of ways so that students can choose to use the method that makes the most sense to them. There is plenty of computation practice through the math boxes in each lesson and calculators are used sparingly.

Do we really want to go back to students memorizing formulas and then forgetting them as soon as the test is over?

Tia Rizk, Seattle

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