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Building a Sense of Community—With Math

Edutopia – Alessandra King

“It’s well known that children learn by playing and that playing has numerous cognitive benefits, including flexibility, focus, self-control, organization, and planning. Playing games may also help children develop logical, executive, and social skills. Some studies show that such benefits can come from video games, as these can strengthen a range of cognitive abilities, including visual and spatial discrimination, memory, reasoning, logic, and problem solving.”(more)

Helping Students with Learning Disabilities to Learn Math

Lehigh University – Daryl Nerl

“teaching strategy being developed and researched by an assistant professor of Special Education is showing promise in helping students with learning disabilities to understand fractions. It may even hold long-term promise in helping people without learning disabilities overcome their math anxiety and fear of fractions. The Model Drawing Strategy helps students to discern the meaning of mathematical word problems by having them draw a diagram to help them visualize and interpret the relationships between the numbers presented to them.”(more)

Have Math Anxiety? Here’s How to Not Pass It Down to Your Kid

Life Hacker – Michelle Woo

“All over Facebook, I see parents agonizing—and commiserating—over their kids’ homework, particularly their math homework. I’m not there yet, as my daughter is only 4, but I’ve been dreading this stage—I’ve already called “Not it!” to my husband on the decision of who will help her with all things mathematical. (I’ll instead claim English and, hmm, maybe pottery.) But it may be time to shift my attitude. It turns out that parents’ fear of math can be passed along to our kids without us realizing it. Many adults have had a point (or several) in their lives when they declared themselves “not a math person,” and that’s understandable.”(more)

Why Math Is the Best Way to Make Sense of the World

Wired – Ariel Bleicher

“When Rebecca Goldin spoke to a recent class of incoming freshmen at George Mason University, she relayed a disheartening statistic: According to a recent study, 36 percent of college students don’t significantly improve in critical thinking during their four-year tenure. “These students had trouble distinguishing fact from opinion, and cause from correlation,” Goldin explained.”(more)

How a school garden has transformed the way we teach

The Guardian – Tim Baker

“It was in 2004 that I decided to install a garden at Charlton Manor Primary School. I’d just taken up the role of headteacher, and there was some derelict land on the school site. I’d seen the news reports about children lacking knowledge of where their food came from and felt that we as a society had become very detached about food. The reason for this was clear to me: we were no longer educating our children about food in schools.”(more)

These are “accessible” math tasks for all students

E-School News – Meris Stansbury

“Math can be made accessible to all students using lessons that start at a low level and finish at a much higher level. Teachers can provide different kinds of math tasks on a monthly, weekly and daily basis for varied levels of challenges for their students, including those who struggle. In “Low-Entry, High-Exit Math Tasks that Keep Every Student Engaged,” Arjan Khalsa, CEO of Conceptua Math, discussed the kinds of lessons that can be used to challenge and engage all students.”(more)