Reading high-quality fiction may serve a larger purpose than preparing students for college and tests. Several recent studies show that reading great literature makes individuals more empathetic. Here’s a great list of fiction books for kids of all ages, recommended by those who know best — librarians.
The market is flooded with educational apps, as we all know. To make things a little easier, the producers of the Infinite Thinking Machine have pinpointed five great math apps that draw kids into learning math concepts. The show features an app that teach fractions, algebra, geometry, a graphic calculator with a social feature, and [...]
Caitlin Esch/KQED By Caitlin Esch Math teachers know that fractions can be hard for the average third-grader. Teachers at a public school in San Bruno, Calif., just south of San Francisco, are trying something new. They’re teaching difficult math concepts through music, and they’re getting remarkable results. At Allen Elementary School, a roomful of third-graders [...]
Flickr: Grisha By Annie Murphy Paul In children with math anxiety, seeing numbers on a page stimulates the same part of the brain that would respond if they spotted a slithering snake or a creeping spider—math is that scary. Brain scans of these children also show that when they’re in the grip of math anxiety, [...]
Getty When Larry Summers, then the president of Harvard, made his infamous remark in 2005 about “intrinsic aptitude” in explaining part of the gap between men and women’s performance in math and science, he was accused of making it harder for women and girls to succeed in those fields. He wasn’t blamed for hobbling the [...]
Flickr: Benjamin Rossen Do you speak math with your kids? Many of us feel completely comfortable talking about letters, words and sentences with our children—reading to them at night, helping them decode their own books, noting messages on street signs and billboards. But speaking to them about numbers, fractions, and decimals? Not so much. And [...]
Predictions pique our interest. Once we wager that our favorite sports team will win, we want to know the final score. Once we guess the identity of the murderer in a mystery novel, we keep reading to find out if we were right. The same holds true, it turns out, in the learning of mathematics. [...]
Flickr:Woodleywonderworks By Eleanor Yang Su It’s one of the biggest debates going on among early childhood development experts: Is it more important for kindergartners to focus on academics and learn their ABC’s and numbers? Or spend more time on social and emotional issues, like how to play nice and pay attention? Recent research by a UC [...]
When it comes to math and literacy software, the choices are vast and varied. But over the past months, I’ve heard a recurring complaint from different school administrators: The quality of literacy software is not as high as that of math. Why is this the case? I spoke to Aylan Samouha, chief schools officer at [...]
Tim Geers “There is widespread alarm in the United States about the state of our math education,” wrote Sol Garfunkel and David Mumford in an op-ed in The New York Times last month. It led me to remember the opening salvo in a pitch for re-thinking math education — that of Dan Meyer’s TED Talk [...]
Learning from current math textbooks is the equivalent of watching hours of “Two and a Half Men”: meaningless, says math teacher Dan Meyer at last year’s TED Talk in New York. Students are taught to solve formulaic solutions to formulaic problems without any real-world context. Check out Meyers’ vision of what learning math should be.