ERIC Number: ED213481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Bates, John; O'Brien, Thomas C.
This text is a verbatim transcription of an interview with John Bates, a former math coordinator for Metro-Toronto schools, and the Director of Inner City Education, Toronto, Canada. (The interview was conducted by Thomas C. O'Brien under the auspices of the Teachers' Center Project of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.) Much of the interview focuses on three math activities for elementary school students that are designed to enhance the flexibility and creativity of students while they acquire basic math skills. Math activities discussed include (1) graphic frames for learning arithmetical operations, (2) a quadrant game utilizing rule-governed allocations of symbols to different areas to develop categorization skills, and (3) rule-constrained colored block manipulation activities that involve sequential transformation from symmetrical arrangement through non-symmetrical arrangement and a return to the original symmetry. Additionally, some remarks are made about language arts activities designed to personalize, and thereby motivate, young children's involvement in reading and writing. The use of note-boxes for a student mail system and the entry of students' stories in bound book form into the school library (including reader feedback to the student author) are described. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Illinois Univ., Edwardsville.