Check the math growth mind set

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Jo Boaler has created a rubric to help your students take stock of their math mindset. Are they part of the fixed mindset crowd or did they move on to the growth mindset. A wonderful tool.

Read all about it: HERE

How do you pronounce dyscalculia

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The good people from Dyscastia try to sort this out among many more details about Dyscalculia.

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More research in what causes Math Anxiety

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This new research found that spatially structuring the verbal mind is a promising cognitive correlate of the math anxiety and opens new avenues for exploring causal links between elementary cognitive processes and the math anxiety. What all of that means, you can read in the link for today below.

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Teachers can cause math anxiety which caused math achievement to go down

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In short the research tells us that higher math anxiety predicts lower math achievement and when the researchers looked at what is contributing to the math anxiety, they found that the student’s perception of the capability of the math teachers can create math anxiety. In the words of the researchers as follows:

To better understand the contextual factors underpinning maths anxiety, Lau and colleagues analysed data from 1,175,515 students who participated in three large international studies of achievement. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that students in countries with higher levels of maths anxiety tend to achieve lower maths grades.

The strongest predictor of maths anxiety was how competent students perceived their maths teacher to be: those with less confidence in their teacher tended to feel more anxious. Being set large amounts of maths homework, and parental involvement in homework, also contributed to anxiety to a lesser degree.

Read all about it: HERE

How teachers can help children with dyscalculia

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A great article for teachers about how they can support children with dyscalculia. We also have three more options for teachers to become more proficient in dealing with dyscalculia.

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Tools for Dyscalculic cooking

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Many children with dyscalculia will struggle to cook in the kitchen as there is lots of basic math that is necessary to make sure the dishes come out the right way. Here is a page that will help them with some smart tools.

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Dyscalculia Activities

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A wonderful page with activities to do with children who have dyscalculia. It also features a video with information about dyscalculia and some of the symptoms.

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Diving deeper in neural representation of concepts

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New research used functional MRI to analyze patterns of brain activity corresponding to hundreds of familiar concepts and quantitatively characterized the informational structure of these patterns. The results indicate that conceptual knowledge is stored as patterns of neural activity that encode sensory-motor and affective information about each concept, contrary to the long-held idea that concept representations are independent of sensory-motor experience.

Read all about it: HERE

The Arabic numerals are key

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New research here showed that from all the numeracy you do with the children at home, the Arabic numerals seem to have the most impact on the development of their artithmatic skills.

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Boys and girls share similar math abilities at young ages

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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.

SPOILER ALERT: The researchers found no major differences in numerical processing between genders, noting “these findings indicate that boys and girls are equally equipped to reason about mathematics during early childhood.”

Read all about it: HERE

MARS and math talks

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Our new MARS system is nothing new, in fact in our link for today we show a page from 2017 with great tips on how to perform math talks. This may help you do a successful math interview via mathstrategy.org

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Numbers and patterns

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the world is full of patterns and numbers, see it all here explained

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Modelling is fun and so useful

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They need to get it into their hands before they can get it into their heads. Well that can be difficult when there is lots of remote teaching going on but here is something we can use to accommodate that. A wonderful web based modeling tool.

Read all about it: HERE

Cuisenaire rods

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We don’t like to advertise, and we are NOT getting paid anything, but this is a wonderful book with lots of things you can do with Cuisenaire rods. We always say it is not about the tool but about the talk and this book gives a great description with each exercise so you can have the right talk with this tool.

Read all about it: HERE

What is numeracy ?

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All agree that numeracy is a solid predictor for later arithmatic skills however, there is no real consensus about what factors contribute to this or what that numeracy now really is. New research here looked at a number of published research articles on the topic and came with interesting points.

Read all about it: HERE

Learning by games

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From the Sway.office website we get a number of nice games all meant to help people with dyscalculia to remember basic math topics. Although we don’t believe that rote memory training will help much in most situations, the games can help to be just another pathway into the brains that are wired just different.

Read all about it: HERE

Spatial cognition and Math

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A massive psychology study has found that spatial cognition training can enhance children’s math learning

Read all about it: HERE

Dot Talks

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See what you all can do with this simple tool.

Mother’s education is important

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Great research here about the cognitive development of children coming into Kindergarten and their development in math and reading. It suggests that the mother’s education level is a factor more than social economic status when entering KG and the development thereafter.

Read all about it: HERE

How to contact the teacher

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The We are Teachers blog is asking the question what would happen if emails between parents and teachers were prohibited. Not that they suggest no contact but how about a quick phone call to clear things up or give a heads up? Would that tie the teacher down on their phones for long times? Would that help putting some more context in the communication?

Read all about it: HERE

Dyscalculia born or made?

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The child up early education blog tries to clarify if Dyscalculia, among other neuro diverse conditions, is made over time or that you are born with it.

Their take on it:

“Dyscalculia should not be confused with a dislike of math or math anxiety, it is a diagnosed disability regarding how the brain functions with numbers. Dyscalculia is known to run in families, and people with dyscalculia are often also diagnosed with dyslexia or ADHD,” says Michelle Paster, an educational therapist in Massachusetts.

Good point and there is of course also acquired dyscalculia that develops after a later trauma to the brain.

Read all about it: HERE

It’s all about shapes

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We know how important it is for children to work with shapes and find out what they can do with them and how to build or create images. It all helps them with their visual spatial insights which in turn support math development. Check out the site in our link for today with all you ever needed to know about shapes.

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Great tool for fractions

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Oh those fractions, so difficult to remember and put them on a timeline, until Savannah Trevino-Casias posted this great tool on facebook.

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It is not about the tool but….

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We always say; ” It is not about the tool, it is about the talk that accompanies the tool”, but some tools are just better than others.

See in our link for today the Tiny Polka Dot from @MathforLove that has no less than 16 math games and will be with your students for years.

Read all about it: HERE

Get real with fractions

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We tend to say: ” They need to get it into their hands before they can get it into their heads”. It refers to lots of math operations but the mathcoachcorner has an interesting take in how to show fractions early and have them play it out.

Read all about it: HERE

Precursor Math Concepts

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The Early Math Collaborative has a great page explaining the notion of Precursor Math Concepts.

Just as the foundation of a building anchors it in the earth and provides essential support for the growing structure, in the first three years of life children engage in a very fundamental way with concepts that anchor a child’s mathematical thinking and are essential for the growth of further mathematics.

Read all about it: HERE or read the new book Precursor Math Concepts

Teaching time tables with rekenrek

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There is a pilot study going on to see how we can teach children time tables by using the Dutch invented rekenrek. See all the details in the link for today.

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Using the ten frames

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Donna Boucher from the Math Coach Corner shares a wonderful article about a game the children can play to boost their familiarity with the all important combinations with ten:

Ten is obviously an important benchmark in our number system. In Kindergarten, learning the combinations of the numbers up to ten is a year-long process. Ten-frames are an ideal tool for exploring combinations for ten. Because of its relationship to ten, one hundred is also an important benchmark. Students can practice composing 100 with a kit of small printed ten-frames.

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Build-A-Train

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Great research done by H Moriah Sokolowski 1 2Rebecca Merkley 3Sarah Samantha Bray Kingissepp 2Praja Vaikuntharajan 2Daniel Ansari 2

The ‘Build-A-Train’ task was developed and used to examine whether children spontaneously use a number or physical size approach on an un-cued matching task. In the Build-A-Train task, an experimenter assembles a train using one to five blocks of a particular length and asks the child to build the same train. The child’s blocks differ in length from the experimenter’s blocks, causing the child to build a train that matches based on either the number of blocks or length of the train, as it is not possible to match on both. 

The Build-A-Train task and findings from this current study set a foundation for future longitudinal research to investigate the causal relationship between children’s acquisition of symbolic mathematical concepts and attention to number.

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Why wait

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We have said it often; early detection is key to great remediation. So in our link for today the writers make the case to start testing in Kindergarten. This goes very well with the initiative we launched with the DyscalculiaScreener.org site

Read all about it: HERE