How Turning Math Into a Maker Workshop Can Bring Calculations to Life  MindShift  KQE...  1 views

"It might have been the banana piano. Or perhaps the bongos, made from lemons that students had plucked from the citrus tree at school. Elizabeth Little, who teaches middle school math and science, doesn't know exactly which of the handson projects she introduced to her remedial math class turned the class around. But by the end of the school year, all her math students, not just those needing extra support, were clamoring for more math.
How did this happen?"
Calling for a truce in the classroom math wars  Home  The 180 with Jim Brown  CBC Radio  1 views

"For years, Canadian parents and educators have engaged in passionate debate over how kids learn math. The math wars, especially contentious in Alberta, have pitted "old" math versus "new," or "discovery," math. But Daniel Ansari, of the University of Western Ontario, says it's time to end the wars.
The researcher says the evidence shows that the best way to teach math is with elements from both methods. He refers to the two schools as "procedural learning" and "conceptual learning," and says they can complement each other when taught together.
Ansari says he understands why the topic is so contentious, but adds that it doesn't need to be that way. He offers his solutions for educators, and for parents too. "
Mathematical Habits of Mind  Edutopia  2 views

"We all have them, some good and some bad. We pick them up from friends, family, and even strangers. But we may not recall who we picked them up from or when they began.
Because we've practiced them over and over, these seemingly thoughtless repeated habits or behaviors, the pathways in our brain have become so broad, fast, and efficient in carrying them out that we do them automatically without even thinking. Yet these unconscious habits and behaviors add structure and order to our lives and help us to make sense of the world we live in.
Our classrooms are full of them. We teachers are pros when it comes to employing and modeling good habits and routines that enable us to manage and carry out the many tasks and demands of teaching. And when it comes to teaching mathematics, we model and teach our students how to carry out procedures and algorithms flawlessly. But why is it that these same students often struggle when confronted with a problem to which the immediate answer is unknown?"
Five Ways Parents Can Help Students in Math Class  Pathfinders  3 views

"Throughout my 13 years of teaching, I heard this common theme time and time again from parents: How can I help?
The troubles they professed were varied and numerous (e.g., concern, frustration, bewilderment). They often included the following:
I don't remember algebra.
I don't like math.
The way math is taught now differs from when I was in school.
All of these are certainly legitimate. Although people use math every day, even when they don't realize it, they are not necessarily using all the same concepts they learned in school. And as the saying goes, if you don't use it, you lose it. I'm sure some parents don't know how to solve quadratic equations or remember what it means for a relation to be a function. And yes, math teaching today may differ from when parents were in school. But the idea behind new techniques is to encourage students to become better problemsolvers, not to confuse parents or change the concepts. So, believe it or not, despite your fears and feelings of uncertainty, you can still help.
Here are a few tips to get you started.
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How Adding Math to a Child's Home Routine Can Advance Achievement  MindShift  KQED News  0 views

"Parents who are uneasy about their own math skills often worry about how best to teach the subject to their kids.
Well … there's an app for that. Tons of them, in fact. And a study published today in the journal Science suggests that at least one of them works pretty well for elementary school children and mathanxious parents."
Math Teachers: Ask Google  Teacher Tech  2 views
Pixar in a Box  Khan Academy  3 views
MATH and CODE  2 views
Making Math 3D  2 views

"When I think of 3D printers, I am instantly taken back to the days of watching George Jetson: Imagine pressing a button and opening a magic door to exactly what you had asked for. While 3D printing technology seems frighteningly close to that futuristic memory, the truth is, there is HUGE potential for 3D printing to impact math education in a variety of ways."
Mathspace An Interesting Educational Platform for Math Teachers ~ Educational Technolo...  7 views

"Mathspace is another great math resource we want to draw your attention to in this post. This awardwinning platform combines three useful functionalities: an online maths textbook, workbook and mark book. Students can use Mathspace to get help with their math problems. It allows them to work on online math exercises and get instant feedback at each step in the process. Mathspace also provides 'a bank of over 15,000 interactive questions covering everything from addition to algebra, geometry to graphing, probability to statistics.'"
What's Your Hurry? 3 Reasons Slow Math is Best  Brilliant or Insane  2 views

"As both a teacher and administrator, I often heard from parents whose children were exceptionally good at math. "My daughter already knows how to multiply fourdigit numbers, so third grade math is too easy for her. She needs to be accelerated."
There's lots of research to support acceleration as a strategy for gifted learners. The Acceleration Institute, part of the BelinBlank Center at the University of Iowa, recently produced a report entitled "A Nation Empowered" which details the enormous benefits to accelerating a student when he or she is performing well above grade level.
Researcher Jonathan Wei of Duke University says, "All students deserve to learn something new each day." In math, the obvious way to learn something new is to accelerate the instruction, letting the student go on to the next topic or grade level. But "learn something new" is not the same as "learn the next thing on the district's scope and sequence.""
Worksheets don't Work: Try ReggioInspired Mathematics!  Technology Rich Inquiry Based...  4 views

I learned about the math kits from the book, ReggioInspired Mathematics and grateful for the power of Twitter and the opportunity to directly connect with Janice. I asked and she kindly sent the list of materials for each kit. I will be putting together a set of math kits and sharing with my students the three formats for mathematical provocations. As described by Gandini (1998) provocation is something arriving by surprise. Provocation is a means for provoking further action. I like that the book links provocations and invitations as one in the same responding to the question about “what’s the difference” that I hear so often. Let’s get beyond trying to define them so discreetly and get onto the task of creating them in multiple formats.

"I learned about the math kits from the book, ReggioInspired Mathematics and grateful for the power of Twitter and the opportunity to directly connect with Janice. I asked and she kindly sent the list of materials for each kit. I will be putting together a set of math kits and sharing with my students the three formats for mathematical provocations. As described by Gandini (1998) provocation is something arriving by surprise. Provocation is a means for provoking further action. I like that the book links provocations and invitations as one in the same responding to the question about "what's the difference" that I hear so often. Let's get beyond trying to define them so discreetly and get onto the task of creating them in multiple formats. "