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  1. Toys R Us May Soon File For Bankruptcy

    The "Big Three" as the wife and I called them...Toys R Us, Hills, and KayBee...plus the Toy Warehouse. I still have a lot of fond memories of the wife and I making the trips to Altoona as Christmas approached. As 20-something/30-something parents, we loved toy shopping. Heck, I wanted the toys as much as the kids! As a 50-something now, I still like to wander the toy isles. My oldest daughter says my man cave is turning into a child's room. I tell her they are 'collectibles'. Even though the kids are all at least in their 20s, they still get toys for Christmas.
  2. Poltergeist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdUkPu_rXo0
  3. Please read and share. A letter from the RN's at PH DuBois.

    Yes, the employer can refuse any request/demand. However, at least the employer is now forced to bargain or at least hear out the issues of the employees as opposed to simply acting unilaterally without any regard to employee concerns. Hence the reason organizers say they will have a 'voice'.
  4. I believe the brand and the generic are made by the same company. This is really not that uncommon. I have a relative on Plaquenil. She uses the generic, however, the generic was actually the brand name tablets...the 'generic' tablets, costing way, way less, even had "Plaquenil" printed on the tablets!
  5. Eureka Math at DASD elementary schools

    So, you prefer to focus the debate on whether you should serve peas or carrots while someone is starving?
  6. Eureka Math at DASD elementary schools

    A valid point. Maybe math education is better put off until somewhere between 4th and 7th grade.
  7. Eureka Math at DASD elementary schools

    You don't know where your child will end up or in what they will become interested. As problems become more complex, having multiple ways to think about doing them may make the problem easier to solve. Not every problem you encounter presents itself in a neat, orderly workbook style fashion. If you only know one solution pathway your options are limited. If you toss in the 'just do it this way' approach, your not really fostering that much heralded critical and creative thinking. If you have a screw and a nail and a staple, but your only tool that you know and have is a hammer, everything becomes a nail.
  8. Eureka Math at DASD elementary schools

    I bet most people do a variety of methods for math....just not realizing there are actually names for it.
  9. Eureka Math at DASD elementary schools

    But they are not teaching you math. They are trying to make math understandable for children. Just line up the decimals make sense when you understand were the decimals fit in. When you have a complete grasp of it, everything does seem simple and like a single step, but it is not really a simple process in that does involve multiple steps, even if if it seems like a single step. How about 15 + 6 = 111? Hey, just line up the decimals...right?
  10. Eureka Math at DASD elementary schools

    Except for 'chips on a place values chart' I am familiar with using them although I wasn't aware of the actual names. We used a number line, too. I distinctly remember our elementary was big on number bond and vertical and to some extent the arrow way. Some of the examples look just like the ones I remember doing. I did happen to make use of the tape diagram and the arrow way over the last few summers as I put in my own paver patios and sidewalks. With 2 patios and 3 sidewalks using 5 different sized blocks, some of which shared shared between projects, those methods helped me to visualize ratios of blocks, gaps, and paver distribution as well as keep track of where things needed to be and how many I had left. I didn't exactly make a point to use those methods...it just kind of happened. It made sense to the guy I bought my pavers off of, too. (My scribbled worksheets look basically the same as the examples I have looked up.) I do use the arrow way (sort of) as a method to map out my line of thought if I am writing a new calculation for a spreadsheet that involves multiple variables. I do think its good to know multiple methods to work your way through a problem. I agree that the school should be and needs to be educating the parents, especially if parents are expected to help with homework. Interesting to know the names of these methods.
  11. Eureka Math at DASD elementary schools

    In terms of a system that would designed to extend out over years, day 1 is irrelevant. What seems nonsensical now may actually make more sense on day 30 or 100. I simply see it as a different notation of number expression. A different 'language', such as computer people will express numbers in binary or hexadecimal. Expressing numbers in the new language is foreign to us, so it would be rather difficult, but if you were taught that way, it would seem normal. If you were taught 12 and 10/2 were the same, it wouldn't seem odd at all. Like 'yes' and 'si' are the same. I get the concept. Not really that much different from the way I learned way back when..it's just different. We were taught, when doing addition and subtraction the concept of the 'ones' column, the 'tens' column, the 'hundreds' column, and so forth. This just seems a way of visually expressing that concept. For example, take a simple problem like 23-12. It's simple..11....to older children and adults. To a child starting out in math, numbers probably look like gibberish until they begin to understand the concept of numbers. However, the reality is, based on columns, we subtract the ones column first... 3-2 =1. Then subtract the tens column, 20 -10, ignoring the given 0 as 2-1, then replace the given 0 giving us 10. The result is 10 +1. Working in the columns concept, it becomes 11. As I cannot type it, refer to the crude attachment. (Sorry, not a complete explanation, but close enough.) This may seem overkill, but when you are dealing with number containing many more digits, you have to understand the number itself. I have seen children starting out in math add 102 + 13 and get 232. I assume you can figure out how they got that answer, but it probably made perfect sense to them. 10/2 seems like a way to show the tens and ones columns in a way that might make sense easier/faster to children starting to learn basic math. At least that's my take on it.....
  12. Eureka Math at DASD elementary schools

    Of course you have a chance to heard, but still doesn't mean you have a hand in the end decision making process. If you want that level of involvement you will have to get elected to the Board or follow a path to becoming a teacher or other educational professional.
  13. Eureka Math at DASD elementary schools

    Asking a 'someone' who is directly affected by any process, procedure, or method is certainly a valid method of gauging effectiveness. If those parents are indeed pleased with the results and achievements of their own child under the system, it is difficult to counter-argue. Someone whose child has experienced the system is definitely on a higher level of expertise and experience than someone who obtains their information reading only articles that support their own forgone conclusion. Educational professionals (management, I assume) and real educators (frontline teachers-workers) should be working in tandem. While workers know the day-to-day struggles, they are often resistant to change and can easily fail see the shortcomings of their methods and are generally not very dynamic. If the 'real educators' where open to change and where quick to recognize issues with their own processes, we wouldn't be having these discussion on the inadequacies of current public education. Management, though often far removed from trench activities, should be in the position to assure the workers are producing the results as expected by its customers (parents, community). Unfortunately, at the current time, the parent/community block believes the teachers are doing an adequate job of math education while the teachers appear to be saying they are doing a fine job and poor results is not our fault. Hence the reason management exists. As far as parents and the community? Why not just put the issue on a ballot and let everyone vote. You seem to believe the the 'common folk' know at least, if not more, than the experts and professionals. So far, you have not stated a clear reason why you are vehemently opposed. Posting a link doesn't count. Give me a concise, analytical review of why the program is a failure. Along with opposition, one should also be able to offer up a better alternative. How would you solve the issue? As I work with a fair number of them, I have learned to ignore those who act as if their primary function is to oppose every new idea and proposal while at the same time lacking the ability to provide a more viable alternative. However, you are too much fun to ignore.
  14. Eureka Math at DASD elementary schools

    Sure, question all you want. However, just because 'some' complain everything should be put on hold? Should the program be abandoned because you don't like it? Why should I trust your complaints? What level of expertise do you possess that somehow makes your opinion superior or even of any value at all? As a parent, why would I even want you to have a say in how my kid is taught? You vs the trained local educators that selected the program? They win. I may listen to your questions about the program, but, really, unless you some level of experience or training, I really don't have the time nor inclination to listen to your judgements. I don't ask my neighbor to diagnose if I might have appendicitis, so why would I ask an untrained parent with no experience to give me an analytical judgement on an educational program? The really interesting part of this is we know people whose kids have been and are being taught using Eureka/EngageNY. Through my kids attending college, we know a number of parents from NY. From time to time, there are discussions among parents about their kid's educations. The overall judgement among them is this program has worked well for their children. Since you weren't aware of the 20,000 pages, you obviously didn't do much research. Here is one link. https://greatminds.org/math/curriculum
  15. Eureka Math at DASD elementary schools

    As a student, from as far back in elemtary thru college, I always found it a bit frustrating having to adjust to every unique teaching style. While there is value in varied exposure, there should be some sense of consistency. I remember taking sequenced courses where levels I and II and/or III felt like completely independent courses. Math should have the sense of a building progression.