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Math and Inquiry: The Importance of Letting Students Stumble

Math and Inquiry: The Importance of Letting Students Stumble

| February 3, 2014 | 10 Comments

For subjects like math and foreign language, which are traditionally taught in a linear and highly structured context, using more open-ended inquiry-based models can be challenging. But inquiry learning is based on the premise that, with a little bit of structure and guidance, teachers can support students to ask questions that lead them to learn those same important skills — in ways that are meaningful to them.

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Inquiry Learning Ideas for Math and Science With iPads

Inquiry Learning Ideas for Math and Science With iPads

| November 8, 2013 | 12 Comments

Giving children ample opportunities to develop sound investigative skills at an early age is essential to nurturing their ability to think critically and scientifically as they get older.

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Ordinary Moments From the Mathematician’s Lens

Ordinary Moments From the Mathematician’s Lens

| November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

On the topic of finding the beauty in math, this excellent video from Parachutes.tv demonstrates the equations behind the most ordinary actions we might never notice.

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Imagery: A Key to Understanding Math

Imagery: A Key to Understanding Math

| October 31, 2013 | 9 Comments

According to math educators, mathematical imagery is what students are missing, and what causes confusion. “Mathematics is a way to read the world of nature and technology around us. If a teacher can convey this, the entire world becomes an exciting textbook.”

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Why Kids Take On Adults’ Math Anxiety

Why Kids Take On Adults’ Math Anxiety

| October 21, 2013 | 34 Comments

What happens when parents and teachers—figures of towering importance in the world of children—pass on negative views about particular academic subjects?

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Finding the Beauty in Math

Finding the Beauty in Math

| October 1, 2013 | 28 Comments

How does a person fall in love with math? For too many, math class conjures up anxious worksheets filled with rows of unanswered problems. Students go along, seeming to perform the steps required — plug in the formulas, solve for x — without ever understanding what they’re doing, or why.

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Looking For Real-World Math Problems? Try Google Earth!

Looking For Real-World Math Problems? Try Google Earth!

| September 6, 2013 | 17 Comments

Aiming to get kids to understand and solve real-world math problems, one teacher developed a tool that uses Google Earth.

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New Research Asks: Does Blended Learning Boost Algebra Scores?

New Research Asks: Does Blended Learning Boost Algebra Scores?

| August 7, 2013 | 2 Comments

A recent report by the RAND Corporation, in partnership with the Department of Education, tries to provide an objective overview of blended learning. RAND conducted a national two-year randomized trial to determine whether a blended learning curriculum developed by Carnegie Learning, Inc. had a positive effect on middle and high school algebra students.

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5 Great Math Apps for Grade School Kids

5 Great Math Apps for Grade School Kids

| June 20, 2013 | 6 Comments

The number of apps related to teaching various mathematics topics seems to be growing daily, and it can be a difficult to find that needle in a haystack. Here, we found five of those needles, already tested and approved.

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Does Math Exist Outside the Human Brain?

Does Math Exist Outside the Human Brain?

| June 7, 2013 | 8 Comments

In this episode of the Idea Channel‘s always-brilliant explanation of how and why the world works, the focus is on math, and the mind-bending question: Who created math, anyway? “Unlike physics, chemistry, and biology we can’t see it, smell it, or even directly observe it in the universe. And so that has made a lot […]

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