Ever heard this? Ever said it? Ever been a part of a conversation with this used?
I know I answered "Yes" to all three. When curriculum is designed linearly, then we encounter such problems. You have to know Y before I teach you X. However, what if curriculum was designed around the questions student asked in class?
In two of my classes this year, I have eliminated "Units". I can now demonstrate how math flows from one concept to another instead of teaching through 5 disjoint units, and no longer do I have to answer "You will learn that later"
Check out the clip below