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How Teachers Mix Online Math with Classroom Instruction

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 … Continue reading How Teachers Mix Online Math with Classroom Instruction →

Alleyoop Releases New STEM Program

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 … Continue reading Alleyoop Releases New STEM Program →

Important Facts to Know About Learning Math

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 … Continue reading Important Facts to Know About Learning Math →

How Do You Spark a Love of Math in Kids?

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 … Continue reading How Do You Spark a Love of Math in Kids? →

Five Great Math Apps

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 … Continue reading Five Great Math Apps →

Using Musical Notes to Teach Fractions

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 … Continue reading Using Musical Notes to Teach Fractions →

How to Deal With Kids’ Math Anxiety

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, … Continue reading How to Deal With Kids’ Math Anxiety →

Can Stereotyping Girls Harm Boys Too?

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 … Continue reading Can Stereotyping Girls Harm Boys Too? →

Why It’s Important to Talk Math With Kids

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 … Continue reading Why It’s Important to Talk Math With Kids →

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

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. … Continue reading What’s Your Best Guess? Predicting Answers Leads to Deeper Learning →

Balancing Math Skills and Play in Kindergarten

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 … Continue reading Balancing Math Skills and Play in Kindergarten →

Are Online Math Programs Better Than Literacy?

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 … Continue reading Are Online Math Programs Better Than Literacy? →

Is Math Education Too Abstract?

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 … Continue reading Is Math Education Too Abstract? →

Beyond Formulas: Making Math Relevant for Students

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.

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