Pop Quiz: What’s in a Name?
How important is a name? We spend an awful lot of time teaching and learning the names for things before a concept it taught, is this time spent wisely? On Monday I saw this XKCD comic and I knew that it should be the theme for my pop quiz.
So here it is folks my question of the day: Is time better spent in a class teaching the how and why of things? Give a student a good mental image of a concept and then when a student is able understand it and is looking for a way to express this knowledge we say, “You know what? That thing has a name, it is called ___.”
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