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Bad news, math-averse parents: It rubs off on your kids

The Chicago Tribune – Heidi Stevens

“With a new school year officially underway, experts in numeracy (like literacy, but with numbers) have an important message for math-averse parents: Your anxiety is contagious. Our anxiety, I should say, is contagious. (I count myself among the math-averse.) Research shows that our seemingly benign statements about math (“I never liked this stuff,” “This never made any sense to me”) rub off on our children and do lasting harm.”(more)

Building a Thinking Classroom in Math

Edutopia – Peter Liljedahl

“Over 14 years, and with the help of over 400 K–12 teachers, I’ve been engaged in a massive design-based research project to identify the variables that determine the degree to which a classroom is a thinking or non-thinking one, and to identify the pedagogies that maximize the effect of each of these variables in building thinking classrooms. From this research emerged a collection of 14 variables and corresponding optimal pedagogies that offer a prescriptive framework for teachers to build a thinking classroom.”(more)

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)