Saturday, January 21, 2012

Maths and Rote learning

This is from Wiki

Rote learning

Rote learning is a technique which avoids understanding the inner complexities and inferences of the subject that is being learned and instead focuses on memorizing the material so that it can be recalled by the learner exactly the way it was read or heard. The major practice involved in rote learning techniques is learning by repetition, based on the idea that one will be able to quickly recall the meaning of the material the more it is repeated. Rote learning is used in diverse areas, from mathematics to music to religion. Although it has been criticized by some schools of thought, rote learning is a necessity in many situations.

Do we have to learn our times tables by rote?

What is you're idea of that? Because of my schooling. This means fear, shame, panic...all from my school time. But as David has been saying we do not have to do that...we can have fun with it. I still have to get past my issues to find fun ways.

So far DD has been working out her 2x tables looking at trucks and stepping stones. She has the concept the rest is in progress.

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