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How Do You Spark a Love of Math in Kids?

How Do You Spark a Love of Math in Kids?

| May 25, 2012 | 52 Comments

What is it about middle school and mathematics? Decades of educational research demonstrate that during the years between elementary school and high school, many students disengage from math and don’t regain their interest—to the detriment of their later schooling, and even their adult careers. A study that followed 273 students over the course of their […]

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Five Great Math Apps

Five Great Math Apps

| May 7, 2012 | 4 Comments

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 […]

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Using Musical Notes to Teach Fractions

Using Musical Notes to Teach Fractions

| April 12, 2012 | 5 Comments

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 […]

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How to Deal With Kids’ Math Anxiety

How to Deal With Kids’ Math Anxiety

| March 29, 2012 | 14 Comments

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, […]

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Can Stereotyping Girls Harm Boys Too?

Can Stereotyping Girls Harm Boys Too?

| March 9, 2012 | 15 Comments

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 […]

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Why It’s Important to Talk Math With Kids

Why It’s Important to Talk Math With Kids

| March 2, 2012 | 25 Comments

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 […]

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What’s Your Best Guess? Predicting Answers Leads to Deeper Learning

What’s Your Best Guess? Predicting Answers Leads to Deeper Learning

| February 24, 2012 | 5 Comments

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. […]

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Balancing Math Skills and Play in Kindergarten

Balancing Math Skills and Play in Kindergarten

| January 4, 2012 | 4 Comments

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 […]

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Are Online Math Programs Better Than Literacy?

Are Online Math Programs Better Than Literacy?

| October 26, 2011 | 14 Comments

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 […]

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Is Math Education Too Abstract?

Is Math Education Too Abstract?

| September 12, 2011 | 18 Comments

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 […]

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