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EDUCATION: The lesson from SOTA’s robotics team

Letter by David Olson, Tacoma on May 26, 2010 at 1:38 pm with No Comments »
May 27, 2010 9:42 am

I would like to thank Anna Kastama for her wonderful commentary (TNT, 5-25). I am a retiring math teacher and, like most of my colleagues, have missed a critical element in mathematics – it is fun!

EDUCATION: The lesson from SOTA’s robotics team

Too often we teachers have struggled to meet the GLEs and EALRs and prep kids for the HSPE.
We have managed to take the fun out of a very creative and enjoyable subject. Let us first and foremost make math class a fun class. Once the kids are having fun, then sneak in the traditional stuff.

When it is fun they will accept a challenge, and when they master the challenge, they grow in confidence. Soon the kid who couldn’t pass algebra will want to understand calculus. This is especially important to those thousands of student who have had a history of failure in math class.

I am sure there is no EALR or GLE or HSPE question about robotics, but a young woman has experienced the joy of science and math. This will do wonders in shaping her future even if she never touches a robot again. Way to go, Anna and the team at SOTA!

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