“Writing across the curriculum” is supposed to help students build writing skills. But does writing teach math skills? Lefty of Out in Left Field describes the Connected Math curriculum for sixth grade, which instructs students to choose a number between 10 and 100 “that you especially like.”
In your journal
*record your number
*explain why you chose that number
*list three or four mathematical things about your number
*list three or four connections you can make between your number and your world
By contrast, Singapore Math poses an algebra question.
Lefty also complains that his son’s sixth-grade teacher gives full credit for “I don’t know” when accompanied by a written explanation of the student’s questions about the problem but only partial credit for a correct answer without an explanation of how the student solved the problem.
Left thinks left-brained, math-loving students should be able to do math in math class.