Sunday, April 8, 2007
Since I want to be a high school math teacher, the topic of when students should use a calculator will come up. I am not completely against letting students use their calculators; it's just that I don't think that students need to use it all the time, especially for simple addition and multiplication problems. I think that students should be able to do two digit multiplication problems in their heads. If they can't, then they should be able to on paper. On tests, I will ask my students if they want to use their calculators or not. I will tell them that if they choose to use their calculators, then the test will be harder, but if they choose not to, then the test will be easier. I know that I cannot stop students from using calculators on their homework, but during the class I will not let them use it, unless we are doing "hard" problems.