Shake a Stick at times tables

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From the UK a new approach to learn times tables. Times tables are important and there are many ways people try to teach them. This idea centers around a stick that they use to explain the tables and groups of multiplications that fit together. They also have a youtube channel to support the method. When you have tried many methods, here is just one extra you can try.

Read all about it: HERE

Do math apps really work?

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A very comprehensive review of math apps for small children with recommendations about design and content for parents and teachers to look out for.

part of their summary:

Overall, these results demonstrate that many
of the commercial educational apps for young
children that are categorised as ‘maths’, are not
necessarily reflective of best practices in app
content and design.
58 Can Maths Apps Add Value to Young Children’s Learning?
Most apps did not comprehensively capture
all areas of mathematical development,
nor did they adequately include features of
personalisation, such as explanatory feedback
and programmatic personalisation, which
this research has shown maximises children’s
outcomes in app-based learning. This
demonstrates the limited options for identifying
high-quality maths apps currently available for
parents and teachers and highlights the need
to improve the meaningful categorisation of
educational apps on the app stores to facilitate
parent and teacher choice.

Read all about it: HERE

Developing Spatial Reasoning Skills

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Research indicates that spatial reasoning skills correlate to children’s early achievement in math and “strongly predict” who will pursue STEM careers later in life.

In our link for today PBS shares a few ways to help your child developing those important skills.

Read all about it: HERE

Dyscalculia treatment

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A short article with the highlights of what helps as a dyscalculia treatment. They also have links to suggested accommodations for in the classroom.

Read all about it: HERE

Improve number sense

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Great article in the link for today about ways to improve number sense

the short:

Give students concrete experience with numbers along with the more abstract lessons.

Teach the skills until they master them.

Teach them to talk about math, write about math, and understand words relating to math. Have conversations with them about mathematics, using the new terms.

Read all about it: HERE

Visible math

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Our link for today is about making math more visible and a research project underway to explore ways by which teachers can change their math lessons to be more visible.

Read all about it: HERE

Math on a stick | Learn from Minnesota

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The Minnesota state fair has a wonderful action for children to work with math. They can for example download a card or get one from a booth at the fair and fill the card with items they find that has the numbers it is asking for, like a dog has 4 legs, there are 20 carts on the ferris wheel etc. Wonderful idea, this can be used at school fairs, neigborhood parties, on vacation with your children. Options enough.

Read all about it: HERE

A new treatment for ADHD?

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The ADHD study, published in Nutrients, found that a prescribed amount of caffeine may increase the attention and retention of people with the disorder. They made this discovery through animal models, finding the substance “increases capacity and flexibility in both spatial attention and selective attention, as well as in working memory and short-term memory,” .

The results so far have been positive, although the team is aware that some of the other symptoms of ADHD like hyperactivity and impulsivity may be exaggerated by caffeine. More research is needed, with the team suggesting it may just be appropriate when the symptoms are purely attentional based and should only be administered under appropriate medical supervision.

Read all about it: HERE

Twice exceptional students, now what?

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How can you adequately support the twice exceptional students in your classroom? The we are teachers blog has a wonderful article with some tips to get you started.

Read all about it: HERE

Teaching literacy and math together?

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Teaching literacy and math at once helps make the most of class time while deepening young students’ understanding in both subjects.

Read all about it: HERE

Use brain science when teaching

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We can learn from brain science how to teach best. In our link for today Erik Ofgang shares five tips teacher can use when teaching children in class.

Read all about it: HERE

Differentiation in the classroom

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We all know that not all children are created with similar or equal skills and knowledge, so we all realize that differentiation in the classroom is necessary to support the weaker students and not to bore the quicker students. But how do you actually implement that?

Well the TeachThought blog has developed no less than 50 strategies to make it work and they will continue to add to their resource over the coming time with comments, tips and insights.

Read all about it: HERE

Why do I have to learn about fractions?

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It is always best to explain to children first why you need to know about a topic before you teach them the particular operation. Retaining the information about the operation is a lot higher when you know why you may ever need it. Mathscareers in the UK has a nice website that explains how fractions are used in the real world.

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

Music and dyscalculia

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The number dyslexia blog writes a nice article about how music can help with managing Dyscalculia.

Read all about it: HERE

Visual aids are so important

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Seen on Twitter from someone who saw it on Facebook, but here is the story. Our students often have difficulty grouping like terms or substituting. As soon as we change the symbolic language for pictures of something they are familiar with, their focus changes and they have less difficulty working the problems. Hence the cycle Concrete representational abstract. So if they have problems with the abstract notation, move back to the representational.

Help them when it gets difficult

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Some great tips on how to keep your pre-schooler motivated when the problems they get are more challenging.

Along with EDC’s Young Mathematicians team of Paul Goldenberg and Kristen Reed, Young has been studying mastery motivation and its relation to early mathematics development in preschool classrooms. Here, Young and Goldenberg present five things that all parents and teachers can do to foster this essential skill.”

Read all about it: HERE

Who needs math intervention?

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A great article by Donna Boucher where she lists a number of categories of students who all at some time receive intervention for math, the question however is how effective that is and if there are better or different solutions that may be tried.

Read all about it: HERE

Open number lines

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Marilyn Burns shares with us her view on open number lines.

She brings up great reasons to try an approach with and open number line:

  • An open number line reinforces the idea that the answer to a subtraction problem is the difference between two numbers.
  • It supports using the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction by counting up instead of back.
  • It engages students in decomposing numbers and reasoning.
  • It provides a visual model that’s a useful tool.

Read all about it: HERE

Free board game

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Board games are fun and a great exercise for the youngsters to help them count up and down and skip count.

Many boardgames can help you with that but here is one that you can print out and play, with a Thanksgiving theme around it. Thank you Yourtherapysource.com for sharing that with us. Get the game in the link for today.

Read all about it: HERE

Games are the new worksheets

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Children love playing games and playing math games will improve their skills. Kristen Reed from edc.org puts it like this:

Math games and puzzles develop children’s problem-solving and independence and foster mastery motivation. Mastery motivation is the motivation to master new, somewhat challenging skills, and it is a key behavior that supports children’s early learning now, and then later, their academic success. By providing children with challenging activities and encouraging them to try different strategies and make their own decisions, teachers and caregivers can foster this important skill.

Read all about it: HERE

Promoting Self-Direction Through Better Feedback

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When providing feedback both the content and the timing are key:

Every teacher desires students to become their own teachers over time. The idea that students develop self-direction—independent of needing immediate support from teachers—and the ability to solve their own problems is a recurring dream of teachers. But how do we develop independent, self-directed learners when we have so many other demands as educators? Interestingly, one of the most powerful strategies we have at our disposal to build student independence in their learning is through our approach to feedback

Read all about it: HERE

Innovative Approach to Learning Math in Primary School

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From China we bring you this story about a novel way of teaching and learning math.


At Nanjing International School, learning looks different than what you would find at traditional schools in China and abroad. One of the areas where this is most evident is Maths in Primary School, where we take a leading-edge, inquiry-based approach. Why is this? A growing body of research on how children successfully learn mathematics shows that every student must become an active learner that investigates and explores, often as part of a team.

Read all about it: HERE

Visual math

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New research is presented on the page from Stanford by youcubed from Jo Boaler and it all shows how visual math can be.

our brain wants to think visually about maths. Building students’ mathematical understanding doesn’t just mean strengthening one area of the brain that is involved with abstract numbers, it means strengthening connections between areas of the brain and strengthening the visual pathways.

Read all about it: HERE

Halloween Math

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The conversation blog has a wonderful story about activities that you can do with a Halloween theme and that will help your little ones, see that math is everywhere around them.
Happy Math Halloween, thank you theconversation.com

Read all about it: HERE

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Deeper Learning

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Great quote from this wonderful read:

Although deeper learning in current early-grade mathematics classrooms is rare, a research-based program called Number Worlds has been implemented and studied in pre-K through grade 2. The program
is based on six guiding principles:
§ Expose children to the major ways numbers are represented and talked about.
§ Provide opportunities to link the “world of quantity” with the “world of counting numbers” and the
“world of formal symbols.”
§ Provide visual and spatial analogs of number representations that children can actively explore in
hands-on fashion.
§ Engage children and capture their imagination so that the knowledge constructed is embedded not
only in their minds, but also in their hopes, fears, and passions.
§ Provide opportunities to acquire computational fluency as well as conceptual understanding.
§ Encourage the use of metacognitive processes—such as problem solving, communication, and reasoning—that will facilitate the construction of knowledge.

Read all about it: HERE

Number Sense Bingo

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This bingo-like game allows children to think about numbers in different ways. Children roll a dot cube and try to find one or more matches on their board. Though the representations may look different, two dots on the cube can match a picture of two blocks, two fingers on a hand, or the numeral 2 when we think about the meaning of the number 2. The first player to match ’em all, wins!

Read all about it: HERE

ADHD helpful hints

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A bit off topic maybe for our Dyscalculia blog, although Dyscalculia and ADHD frequently coincide. The ADDitude magazine has a wonderful article about measures and strategies to help children with ADHD get back to learning and help them to focus. Both help for the individual but also classroom tactics. See it all in our link for today.

Read all about it: HERE