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Opinion of Liping Ma's Knowing & Teaching Elementary Math

  1. I have read this book...it is essential to my home library (4 votes [10.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.81%

  2. I have read this book...borrowing it from the public library is sufficient (24 votes [64.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 64.86%

  3. I have read this book...I didn't care for it (3 votes [8.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.11%

  4. I don't know what you're talking about :D (6 votes [16.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.22%

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#1 ~Phoenix

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 04:59 PM

I am looking for opinions on whether to buy or borrow this book.
It's not exactly cheap to buy ($25) but to borrow from the library would require an ILL ($5). We do plan on using Singapore Math.

Liping Ma's Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics

Edited by ~Phoenix, 13 February 2009 - 05:12 PM.
Wanted to re-phrase


#2 Alana in Canada

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 05:05 PM

Well, $5 is less than a Blockbuster movie. Which will be more valuable to you in the long run?

I haven't read it yet--I'm waiting for my interlibrary loan request to come through! :D

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 05:11 PM

It was not available from our library so I bought it. I only read it once. I thought it was great, but I "got it" on the first reading--not sure if I'll ever read it again. I have been able to loan it out so others don't need to spend the $24 or whatever it cost. You might see if someone in your home school network has it and would lend it to you. If buying it was only a couple of dollars more than ILL, I would buy it, but it's really a lot more so I think I would borrow it for $5 rather than buy it. Borrowing for free is even better if you can find it!

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 06:54 PM

Alrighty then. I guess I'll be taking it off of my "to-buy" list and requesting it via ILL.

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 07:48 PM

It was not available from our library so I bought it. I only read it once. I thought it was great, but I "got it" on the first reading--not sure if I'll ever read it again. I have been able to loan it out so others don't need to spend the $24 or whatever it cost. You might see if someone in your home school network has it and would lend it to you. If buying it was only a couple of dollars more than ILL, I would buy it, but it's really a lot more so I think I would borrow it for $5 rather than buy it. Borrowing for free is even better if you can find it!


:iagree:

For me, this was one of the MOST IMPORTANT books I've ever read. Life-changing in helping me see that there is a "different way" to teach math. But once I read Liping Ma's book, I "got it".

There have been many times I wish I had a copy to lend to others, and have even had thoughts about buying a WTM copy that had to be "read" then passed on to the next person on the "list" (but I'm to lazy to administer such a thing :tongue_smilie:).

My now 4.5 year old was in utero when I first read this book, so I've been thinking maybe it's time to check it out again. This book had a profound effect on me. It's hard to overstate to what degree.

I've said it before but I wish every parent/teacher would read Liping Ma's book, as I believe it would transform the way we teach math in this country.

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 07:55 PM

Thanks, Bill - you were the one who really sold me on Singapore and the book in the first place, so for you to say that really confirms just to borrow it!

Thank you ALL for your input! I'm trying to do as much "studying" now while I have the time as possible.

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 08:14 PM

Thanks, Bill - you were the one who really sold me on Singapore and the book in the first place, so for you to say that really confirms just to borrow it!

Thank you ALL for your input! I'm trying to do as much "studying" now while I have the time as possible.


If you're like me, it will be "light-bulb" moment after "light-bulb" moment.

But the book is not really a "how to". More like a "why to", if that makes sense? So you may learn what "not to do" (and why not) and get examples of some "alternate" methods of teaching math concepts in mathematically "sound ways", but this is not a math curriculum. The book is really aimed at math education/pedological types, and not really at home educators.

Never-the-less, this remains one of the two most (in case SWB's reading this :tongue_smilie:) important books on education I've ever read.

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 09:51 PM

Well, I am still reading the book. I think it would be fine to read from the library. I bought the book because I lack patience! :lol:

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 09:52 PM

are The Teaching Gap and The Learning Gap. Both compare/contrast Asian/European/N. American education. But just borrow them ILL.

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 10:59 PM

I was able to read the book online for free. Our library has some sort of agreement with another library that allowed me to log on to their website to view it. I found the book by doing a search in my library's catalog.

The book was certainly eye opening, but I wouldn't spend much money on it. It did help me feel good about the math program that we use.

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 11:05 PM

OTHER: I would love to read it, but haven't been able to find a copy IRL.


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