This is awesome. It is explained in the first few minutes
The creation of mathbot.
This one is for you Clara
Hey! Thanks for thinking of me. Not sure what the title of the thread has to do with Common Core math, but okay.
A lot of educators are not thrilled with Common Core State Standards--for all sorts of reasons---but we all agree that state standards are necessary--and let's remember that standards are NOT curriculum. They are NOT lesson plans. State Standards are a series of standards that each lesson needs to align to in order to make sure teachers are teaching something with academic value (basically, if I can’t explain why it should be in the classroom, I shouldn’t be teaching it). It is almost the exact same as the old system, NCLB, but with cleaner, better written standards. Students are required to be adept at grade level standards by the end of the school year to progress to the next level--the next grade. Inventing a new game or a new software does NOT change the state standard. It changes the method of instruction and Mr. Weatherman is welcome (in fact encouraged) to create innovative ways to get kids excited about math.
The question asked should be "what is the real purpose behind CC math"? The answer is in the WHY and Mr. Weatherman addresses the WHY when he mentions 'why make math complicated when it should be simple'. BOOM! Exactly and here's where we separate the educators from the flock. WHY make it complex?
With the traditional way, numbers are fixed. Calculation is mechanical. You don’t really need to understand what you’re doing or why you’re doing it. Just memorize, carry the 1, and continue by rote.
The problem is that when the Common Core approach is written out, it looks horribly complex. It looks like more work than the traditional way. It looks more complicated than when it’s done in the head, but that's the point. Why does 3 x 5=15? How can we manipulate those numbers? Why is it important that we understand the fluidity of numbers? Students must be able to explain HOW they got the right answer and show their work by breaking it down. This is not a new concept. It's called critical thinking. Teachers want to know IF the student truly understands the WHY and the HOW--not just the answer.
More than likely you are intrigued with the idea of the bit coin pay-off in the Mathbot model, but how practical is that for public schools? Dozens of kids at a time?
I'm certainly willing to consider the software, but let's remember the creator is hawking a new product. He's a salesman. Not a teacher.