Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Number and Colours

Numbers and Colours: a teacher told me this that happened to him

He was working in a school that used a progressive approach to teaching mathematics to young children. One method they used was to assign a colour to each number. So '1' was white, '2' was blue, '3' was yellow, etc.

The idea was that children would see the colour relationships more easily than the number relationships because colours are more concrete.

The teacher's niece was a pupil at the school, and one weekend the teacher was at his niece's home, and she was painting a picture. She was looking a little worried so he asked what the problem was.

"I don't have green paint for the grass." she said.

"Oh, that's not a problem; you can mix paints. What do blue and yellow make?" he said.

"Five", she said.

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