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In the past 24 hours I have received my daily feeds in my inbox and two headlines caught my eye.

Should schools count coding as math? (eSchool News Today ) – There is the buzz right now on how to get more students interested in programming (coding).  The changes in the Math curriculum in my opinion took out a skill for coding.  I am referring to two column geometric proofs and the logical sequencing that was required.  Geometric proofs also gave Visual Arts students an opportunity to shine with their “minds eye” to geometric shapes.  This change to the curriculum had a side effect that was missed. Are transferable skills still in vogue for education?

Study: Millennials Spend More Than 3 Hours a Day on Mobile Phones (T.H.E. News Update) – The age group referenced in the article are the 16 to 30 year olds.  These are our high school students in front of us.  This article has me looking at my classes and how can I leverage this rather than shut it down? This is a change that is now rooted with us and not a fad that will wither away. The students have changed, how do I adapt and change to work with them? How can this help me with students’ deeper understanding and critical thinking?

I have questions but do not have a quick and easy answer. What needs to change?

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About Mark Brighton

High school Mathematics teacher in the Toronto Catholic District School Board. See About for more info.

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