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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Going Gaga for Math

Ozy – Niamh Ni Mhaoileoin

“Mathematicians tend to conjure images of ill-fitting pants and pen protectors, but one fashionable genius is changing that equation, at the same time his theories are adding efficiency to global industries.”(more)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Helping children — and ourselves — get comfortable with math

The Columbia Tribune – MARI-JANE WILLIAMS

“Let’s put it in algebraic terms. If X equals disengaged kids and Y equals parents who are intimidated by elementary-school homework, the sum of the variables is Z: an epic math fail.”(more)

Friday, April 11, 2014

How to get reluctant children to embrace math

The Washington Post – Mari-Jane Williams

“Let’s put it in algebraic terms. If X equals disengaged kids and Y equals parents who are intimidated by elementary-school homework, the sum of the variables is Z: an epic math fail…Lots of perfectly smart parents are cowed by math. How can they avoid passing their trepidation to their kids?”(more)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Math Anxiety Is Linked to Genetics, Study Finds

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“There’s been plenty of buzz on the topic of math anxiety over the last few years. Studies have shown it can lead to decreased working memory, low performance, and avoidance of math pursuits. Much of the research on math anxiety’s causes has focused on early exposure to negative math experiences. However, the new study looks at how influential genetics are in determining whether students develop math anxiety.”(more)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

‘Tougher’ GCSEs and A-levels revealed

BBC News – Sean Coughlan

“There will be a stronger emphasis on maths skills and final end-of-course exams, as tougher, new-look GCSEs and A-levels for England are revealed.”(more)

GoldieBlox latest video shows ‘your brain on princesses’ (+video)

The Christian Science Monitor – Lane Brown

“GoldieBlox is aiming once again to beat a path out of the princess toy aisle and get more girls building, innovating, and thinking about futures in science and math.”(more)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Bringing cooking back into Portland’s classrooms: Former teacher pushes food as education

Oregon Live – Nicole Dungca

“While working in Portland Public Schools and alternative programs such as New Avenues for Youth, Michaels saw food pique the interests of students who were otherwise disengaged. She began the Curriculum of Cuisine three years ago, hoping to incorporate cooking in the classroom in a way that challenges students academically.”(more)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Research on Children and Math: Underestimated and Unchallenged

The New York Times – Annie Murphy Paul

“A study published in the April issue of the American Educational Research Journal…finds that kindergarten students learn more when they are exposed to challenging content such as advanced number concepts and even addition and subtraction.”(more)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

EDITORIAL: Math, science education expanding

The Rapid City Journal – Editorial

“The belief was that a national science laboratory at Lead would be a perfect fit with South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City. That has certainly proven to be the case. The School of Mines now offers a physics doctoral program, taking advantage of the science research now underway at the Sanford Underground Research Facility at Homestake.”(more)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

New insight into how children learn maths

BBC News – Helen Briggs

“Eight-year-olds gained a deeper understanding of mathematical principles by using their hands as well as their brains, say US psychologists.”(more)