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Five math skills your child needs to get ready for kindergarten

Medical X-Press – Susan Sonnenschein, Rebecca Dowling And Shari Renee Metzger

“Parents play a critical role in their children’s early math education. They not only can provide math-related toys and games, but serve as role models demonstrating how math is used in everyday activities. Children who see their parents doing everyday math engage more often in math activities. This, in turn, builds early math skills, which serve as the foundation for later learning.” (more)

No matter what method is used to teach math, make it fun

The Conversation – Anthony Bonato

“Learning rules and formulas in mathematics is an essential skill, as you need a foundation from which to build. Children need to know what the product of 6 and 8 is without having to rediscover it every time. At the same time, children gain critical problem-solving skills via discovery. They get to think more deeply about the subject. No one would teach language skills by only teaching grammar. You teach children the rudiments of grammar to get them speaking, reading and writing.” (more)

College students vs. mathematics: why the difficulties?

Eureka Alert – Staff Writer

“Anytime along a student’s travels through school, difficulties in math can arise for a variety of reasons that might include math-specific and other cognitive problems, lack of motivation, socioeconomic barriers and educational factors. Now with a four-year $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, University of Houston associate professor of psychology Paul Cirino is probing the minds of 1,000 Houston Community College students taking developmental or remedial math coursework to find out where the stumbling blocks occur. ” (more)

Let’s teach students why math matters in the real world

The Conversation – Edward R. Howe

“Teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills is more important than ever, but it’s often difficult for students to understand the practical applications of such fundamental learning and how it will help them down the road. Classroom activities should be relevant, meaningful and connected to students’ prior knowledge and experiences. Learning must be based on lived experiences within both formal and informal educational settings.” (more)

Dyscalculia: Why maths doesn’t add up for some of us

The Irish Times – Carl O’Brien

“Do you find it impossible to calculate tips in restaurants? Does the prospect of calculating how many tiles you need for your kitchen fill your with dread? Do you struggle with calculating change? Have you always struggled to remember maths tables? Then, there’s a chance you suffer from dyscalculia, a specific learning disorder in maths.” (more)

Boys and girls share similar math abilities at young ages, study finds

Medical X-Press – David Mercer

“There has been much speculation about whether lower female participation rates in STEM fields can be traced to an innate male superiority in math and science. But a new University of Chicago study wanted to test whether boys and girls actually show different mathematical abilities at their earliest developmental stages. UChicago postdoctoral researcher Alyssa Kersey recently co-authored research in the Nature journal Science of Learning that showed the ability to understand numbers is not innately different in boys and girls. Young boys and girls share similar abilities, according to the study, and any differences that show up later are likely learned.” (more)