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Monday, September 15, 2014

Math Skills In Childhood Can Permanently Affect Brain Formation Later In Life

Medical Daily – Dana Dovey

“Not good at math? Don’t worry. According to a recent study, it’s more of a reflection of your childhood memory skills than of your overall intelligence. Researchers looked at the brains of children as they completed math equations and saw the memory section is increasingly used more than counting sections as a child ages. Unfortunately, failure to memorize math when young could affect your brain’s development and leave you forever counting your fingers and toes.” (more)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Curiosity key to learning mathematics

The Korea Times – Chung Hyun-chae

“Ingrid Daubechies, president of International Mathematical Union (IMU), said that natural curiosity and a need for intellectual stimulation will lead to the development of mathematics in Korea.” (more)

Teaching students to overcome a fear of math

The Intelligencer – Aldemaro Romero Jr.

“For many people, math is a four-letter word. Mathematics has a reputation as being a tough subject to learn – as well as to teach. There are, however, a number of scholars and teachers who think otherwise and demonstrate it with both facts and passion.” (more)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Best Language for Math

The Wall Street Journal – Sue Shellenbarger

“Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish use simpler number words and express math concepts more clearly than English, making it easier for small children to learn counting and arithmetic, research shows.” (more)

Learn to love maths

The Guardian – Alex Bellos

“People are scared of maths, but it is the most creative subject of all. Here are some mathematical ideas to get you started.” (more)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

How to turn every child into a “math person”

Quartz – Miles Kimball

“Last month, the US Math Team took second place in the International Math Olympiad—for high school students—held in Cape Town, South Africa. Since 1989, China has won 20 out of 27 times (including this year), and in the entire history of the Olympiad, the US Math Team has won only 4 out of 55 times, so second place is a good showing.” (more)

Are You Afraid of Money? 6 Ways Math Fears Can Cost You

The Huffington Post – Staff Writer

“One of the most common problems people have with money is that they tend to remain uneducated about it. Money can be complicated, especially when you are dealing with debt, interest rates, fees and other complicated math issues. And let’s be honest, the majority of us tried to leave math behind in school.” (more)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Oregon 2014 test scores: Stagnant, with more than one-third of students failing math

Oregon Live – Betsy Hammond

“Oregon high schools made near-zero progress at getting more students prepared for college and careers last school year, according to test scores released Wednesday morning.” (more)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fantasy football in the classroom can reap real-life gains in math

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“Finding students a bit sluggish on this, just the third day of school in many Seattle-area districts? Could it be that they were up late, watching the Seahawks season-opener against Green Bay? Football may leave you cold, but consider the volcano of statistics, the numerical slicing and dicing used to predict outcomes. All of it is built on math.” (more)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

New Study Finds That People With Both Math And Social Skills Earn More Money

Business Insider – Emmie Martin

“Are you good at math? Do you get along well with other people? If you can answer “yes” to both of these questions, your earning potential is higher than ever before.” (more)