Saturday, September 01, 2007

New Links

For those of you not paying as close attention to my sidebar as I do, let me highlight a few recently added websites that I think are worth paying a visit.

1. The Grammar Vandal. This blog is highly enjoyable. It's witty, interesting and educational. How can you top that? It has, however, made me incredibly self-conscious when composing my own blogs. Please, please, Grammar Vandal, don't examine my blog too closely; I'm certain there are mistakes aplenty!

2. Delocator. Enter your zip code and this website will help you find locally owned coffee shops, bookstores and movie theaters. Hey, I like Starbucks just as much as the next girl but I love my local coffee house more, and always like to encourage local entrepreneurs.

3. Mathematically Correct. Lots of essays and links relating to the "new, new math" used in many (most?) school districts across the country. This type of math curriculum, which our local public school uses, was probably the catalyst for encouraging us to investigate other schooling options which eventually led to our decision to home school.

6 comments:

it's me, Val said...

Neat-o, Cait! Thanks for pointing those out. I love the locator one!

Jeff in AZ said...

Mathematically correct, eh? Did you ever listen to any of the now rather old stuff by Tom Lehrer? His hilarious song on New Math is a lesson for the ages on all of this: "with the New Math, it's not so important whether you get the right answer, as long as you know what you're doing!"

terri said...

Hooray for #1 and #2, boooooo for #3. I love everyday math. You crazy fundamentalist, you. ;)

sixty-five said...

In lieu of a long essay I'll just say that from what I've seen and read, I'm more for than against Everyday Math (http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/) though I do, of course, understand your concerns.

We can discuss further in person!

SuperMom said...

Jeff, Yes, I have, it's pretty funny stuff!

Terri and sixty-five, I understand a lot of the positives of the program and the ideas (thinking of things differently, understanding the process is important, etc.) but the problem with it is it seems to only focus on theory to the detriment of everything else. I also find it interesting that a lot of the school districts who were pioneers in using this program are now supplementing with more traditional math programs, or switching away from it altogether.

Oh, and sixty-five, I just saw your Hadley picture and I can't wait for next week!

Alexis Jacobs said...

Very cool links! Off to check them out.