From: Pablo Chavajay
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Date: 31 Oct 1996
Remote Name: rogoff2.ucsc.edu
Your field note is interesting. It would be helpful to elaborate a bit about the difficulties that Jose had: for example, what specific kind of difficulties did he have calculating with money (e.g., difficulties with addition, substraction, or multiplication)? It would be useful to also expand how Jose successfuly carried out math operations as he shifted to using pencil and paper. How did his calculations without paper and pencil differ from his calculations with paper and pencil? Do you have any idea as to why Jose couldn't solve some of the math operations in the absence of pencil and paper? Finally, in relation to the questions above, I would be interested in hearing more details about how you helped Jose learn (e.g., how did you help by "rephrasing the math problem differently"?).
By the way, given that you hadn't play the game for a long time, did Jose help you to learn/relearn some of the rules of the game?
In your reflections, you said that your approach to learning was "top-down because we choose the game monopoly, picked a room, and began playing." I would like to know more about the types of decision making that you both engaged in that led you to think that you both approached the monopoly activity in a top-down manner (e.g, did you both focus on global purpose of the game, the relations of the players' roles in playing the game?).
In the inquiries section, you wrote "I was glad to have been of some help helping Jose come to the correct answer rephrasing the math problem differently or at times just sitting patiently till Jose got the corect answer." It seems to me that this information belongs to the reflection section. Based on your observations, what inquiries might you raise regarding you and Jose's teaching/learning experiences?