The Art Of Computational Thinking  Just Thinking  Medium  1 views

" I heard a great talk a few months ago. It was Conrad Wolfram (probably one of the world's leading mathematicians) who suggested, that we should stop teaching our kids maths. Whoah!
He said, and I'm paraphrasing, we needed to teach them computational thinking instead. What is that? He said every problem needs breaking apart, exploding it into its parts  if we are to begin to properly solve them. And better still that we explain to kids how to put that idea into practice. Explain to them, for example, that to make their bike go faster they might figure out how much bigger the peddle wheel needs to be than than the one on the back wheel.
According to Wikipedia computational thinking is an iterative process based on three stages: 1. Problem formulation (abstraction) 2. Solution expression (automation) 3. Solution execution and evaluation (analyses)
That REALLY works for me."
Free Technology for Teachers: The Math and Science of Valentine's Day  1 views

"Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away. In middle schools and high schools everywhere there will be students who are excited about it, some who dread it, and others who are indifferent. I always fell into the indifferent category. Wherever your students stand on Valentine's Day, the following two videos make for interesting lessons about Valentine's Day."
Dig Into Number Talks!  1 views
Why Chinese children are better at math than Americans  Business Insider  1 views

"For the most part, American children aren't great at math.
But Chinese children tend to be excellent.
Testing half a million students worldwide, the Program for International Student Assessment is one of the most widely cited measurements of global education, and it's consistently found Chinese students at the top of the academic pile ... and Americans much nearer the bottom. Some experts argue that the PISA assessment, like any standardized tests, primarily measures a student's ability to take the test, not their knowledge, but hardly anyone disputes that the American education has some work to do when it comes to math.
In Lenora Chu's new book "Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve," she begins to unearth the cultural differences that lead to this gap  and it's not just about what happens at school."
Finding the Beauty of Math Outside of Class  Edutopia  3 views

"A math trail is an activity that gets students out of the classroom so they can (re)discover the math all around us. Whether out on a field trip or on school grounds, students on a math trail are asked to solve or create problems about objects and landmarks they see; name shapes and composite solids; calculate areas and volumes; recognize properties, similarity, congruence, and symmetry; use number sense and estimation to evaluate large quantities and assess assumptions; and so on.
This is one of those creative, yet authentic activities that stimulate engagement and foster enthusiasm for mathematicsand so it can be particularly useful for students in middle and high school, when classroom math becomes more abstract."
Learning Never Stops: 56 great math websites for students of any age  2 views
Ontario Math Links: Math Links for Week Ending Oct. 6th, 2017  0 views

"I have added a new page to this blog. I called it Notable Links. It compiles many of the teacher generated sites (Estimation 180, WODB etc) as well as many teacher blogs where they often share resources. It's by no means a complete list and I am sure I will miss some but I wanted to have a running list of the best stuff somewhere (if only for me)"
There's No Such Thing as Being Bad at Math: How Neuroscience Is Changing the Equation ...  1 views

"Imagine a parent telling a child, "I'm just not a reading person." Sounds odd, doesn't it? Now reread the same cartoon, substituting "math" for "reading." Suddenly it doesn't seem so absurd. But it should!
As a society ever more reliant on technology and STEMbased careers, we must shatter the myth that math skill is inborn and reinforce that it is the result of intention and practice.
It's common to hear well educated adults declare themselves "not a math person," sometimes proudly. Indeed, many people of all ages believe that mathematical ability is something you are either born with or not, rather than something to be mastered with focused effort. This belief is wrong. What's more, it's harmful to kids as they have their first experiences learning math; the attitude that "I can't learn math" quickly becomes a selffulfilling prophecy. As a society ever more reliant on technology and STEMbased careers, we must shatter the myth that math skill is inborn and reinforce that it is the result of intention and practice. Reforming these perceptions needs to be a priority for teachers, parents, and creators of new learning tools that align to the way these digitalsavvy students learn."
These four easy steps can make you a math whiz  1 views

"Many people find mathematics daunting. If true, this piece is for you. If not, this piece is still for you.
What do you think of when you think about mathematics? Perhaps you think about x's and y's, intractable fractions, or nonsensical word problems. The cartoonist Gary Larson once depicted hell's library as containing only giant tomes of word problems. You know, "If a train leaves New York…"
I was trained as a mathematician, and I will let you in on a trade secret: That is not what mathematics is, nor where it lives. It's true that learning mathematics often involves solving problems, but it should focus on the joy of solving puzzles, rather than memorizing rules.
I invite you to see yourself as a problem solver and mathematician. And I'd like to introduce you to the man who once invited me to the study of problem solving: George Pólya."
The Napkin Ring Problem  0 views
3 Ways GameBased Learning Can Boost Math Skills  EdTech Magazine  0 views

"Games can be a great tool for teaching students about complex topics like digital citizenship, politics and even science. With about 47 percent of kids aged 4 to 13 playing digital games every day, gamebased learning is poised to further engage children in the classroom.
One classroom in Tampa, Fla., has discovered that digital games can help some children with mathematics. Gregory Smith, a fifthgrade teacher in Hillsborough County, tells Education Week that after incorporating mathstrategy games  think word problems with corresponding interactive elements  his students' mathskills scores went from an average of 49 percent to 83 percent. The students themselves also reported more enjoyment from math."
I struggle to come up with many more memories and there's a good chance I'm not alone. If I asked the same question for other subjects, like social studies or language arts, however, I bet your answers would come a lot more easily.
The difference? These subjects include lessons that are often applicable to real life. Whether it's a mock trial, a school play, or a science experiment, project work deepens student learning by allowing them to explore the connections between content and real life.
Math lessons, on the other hand, have historically focused less on reallife connections. Like many students, I excelled in math by memorizing rules and tricks. In college, I trained to teach social studies, but became a math teacher by accident because I had earned enough math credits to qualify for a math teaching certification. It wasn't until I returned to earn a master's in math education that I discovered that math can be so much more than memorization."