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We need to revamp Math Class

Now after all the talk about High Order Thinking Skills, and the program is being used in all the English classes in Israel.  We have been teaching this way for about 2 years, some even three.

How do you feel about this program?  Do you feel that the students are really benefiting?
Can these skills be taught even earlier in the school career?  What about the students learning this when they are in Elementary School, in their native language?  Why do these basic skill have to wait until 15 years old?

There has also been talk in the Math world, at least in the United States and in the UK about problem solving skills.   Dan Meyer gives us some insights about how Math is taught now, and what it could be.

We need to make Math more relevant to each student.  I remember a classic math word problem.

I'm going to bore you a bit:

 1. There are two trains, one is going 50 miles an hour west, the other is going 80 miles an hour east.  At what speed are they going to crash?

Why is this a goo…

Lesson Plan for Harry Chapin

The Cat's in the Cradle by Harry ChapinRachael Orbach

Audio lesson for an 8th grade English speaker's class or 10th grade 5 point.  
Timing for this lesson is two 45 minute periods.
I would start out this lesson by first giving a talk about Harry Chapin, who he was, what he did and the causes he believed in.  I would give the students a copy of his biography.  The timing of Harry's work is very important.  He was not as famous as Bob Dylan, or Pete Seeger, but with his songs he did raise awareness of the vagaries of American life.  At the end of his life he did benefit concerts to end hunger.  10 minutes.   
Then I would play the song: "Cat's in the Cradle" , two times.
I would have the students read the words, the first time while listening to the song, and then the second time the song would be played, I would hand out the chart and have the students complete the chart while listening.   I would give 10 minutes for the students to listen to the song, as …