Adults have problems with basic math

Suppose, a litre of cola costs US$3.15. If you buy one third of a litre of cola, how much would you pay? The above may seem like a rather basic question. Something that you would perhaps expect the vast majority of adults to be able to answer? Particularly if they are allowed to use a […]

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More math in preschool?

But what about math? Deborah Stipek, a professor at Stanford and the former dean of the school of education, says math is just as important—if not more—to laying the foundations for educational success. But we are not nearly as focused on planting the seeds for a future love of math as we are for reading. […]

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Why do we use numbers?

Scientists have long claimed that our ability with numbers is indeed biologically evolved – that we can count because counting was a useful thing for our brains to be able to do. The hunter-gatherer who could tell which herd or flock of prey was the biggest, or which tree held the most fruit, had a […]

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Is algebra worth the time?

My son struggled with required math classes in both high school and college, as did I. And suspect both of us are somewhere within one standard deviation of a normal IQ. Politically-driven, nonsensical math requirements probably make me angrier than almost anything else in education right now. To think of the millions of lost classroom […]

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How a touchscreen can help students learn math

Fingers, blocks, pebbles and a myriad of other physical manipulatives are all tools helping students problem solve. But does that usefulness carry over when physical manipulatives give way to digital ones? The answer is a resounding yes! In her dissertation paper “Do Gestural Interfaces Promote Thinking?” published in 2011, Ayelet Segal, confirms that interactions with touch screens are effective in […]

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Mental representations of math is important to understanding

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How you view math and shown math relationships can affect your understanding of math. What does mathematics look like to you? Do you see a wondrous landscape filled with connected ideas, or a sprawling mess of symbols? The distinction matters a great deal, because your mathematical worldview is inextricably tied to your success in the […]

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Illuminations has lesson plans and interactives for the Pre-K – 12th grade math teacher, all free!

Illuminations has lesson plans and interactives for the Pre-K – 12th grade math teacher, all free! Sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Illuminations has over 700 lesson plans and over 100 interactives available. There are also 13 Calculation Nation® games, which are games where the student can compete against other students. If you are an iPad […]

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