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Connecting the Dots: Teaching How to Think

Connecting the Dots: Teaching How to Think

| December 27, 2012 | 2 Comments

In her “anti-parabola” video Doodling in Math Class: Connecting the Dots, Vi Hart demonstrates mathematical curiosity and creativity, which happens to be the opposite of what she does in math class. As she says, “Teaching how to think requires giving power and responsibility to individuals while teaching what to think can be done with one-size […]

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Why Nate Silver Can Save Math Education in America

Why Nate Silver Can Save Math Education in America

| December 14, 2012 | 43 Comments

Ian Hill/Thinkstock/Penguin By Nikhil Goyal Call it “The Triumph of Nerds.” Poll statisticians have risen to rock star status. One of the most famous is New York Times’ wunderkind Nate Silver — or as Jon Stewart put it, “Lord and god of the algorithm.” He may be best known for predicting the 44th president, but […]

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How Teachers Mix Online Math with Classroom Instruction

How Teachers Mix Online Math with Classroom Instruction

| November 14, 2012 | 24 Comments

As schools start experimenting with educational software — or blended learning — teachers are trying to find ways of using tech to enhance learning in different subjects. When it comes to math, specifically, the tactics vary widely — from using software for remediation, to practicing drills and exercises to move students ahead at their own […]

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Alleyoop Releases New STEM Program

Alleyoop Releases New STEM Program

| August 16, 2012 | 3 Comments

By Jennie Rose Alleyoop, the online college prep tutoring site created by Pearson, has added a group of new STEM-focused partners to its offerings. In addition to its current math programs, Alleyoop has added NASA eClips, National Geographic, Scientific Minds, Patrick JMT, Virtual Nerd, Adaptive Curriculum and Brightstorm. Alleyoop uses the “gamification” model for its […]

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Important Facts to Know About Learning Math

Important Facts to Know About Learning Math

| August 1, 2012 | 6 Comments

Flickr: Benjamin Rossen We’ve explored a variety of angles about different aspects of teaching and learning math — everything from stereotyping girls to how to deal with math anxiety to the importance of spatial thinking. Here are some helpful articles that examine the learning processes. WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO TALK MATH WITH KIDS >> Many […]

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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 | 53 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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