Suggestions to improve math for 7 to 14 year olds

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The Education Endowment Foundation has made recommendations where there are research findings that schools can use to make a significant difference to pupils’ learning, and have focused on the questions that appear to be most salient to practitioners. 

Read all about it: HERE

Retrieval practice

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Retrieval practice is essentially the process of generating an answer to a question. Not only does it allow students to test how much they have retained of a certain piece of information, it exercises their retrieval of it.

Research has shown that not only is retrieval practice a highly effective learning strategy, but also that its effects can be seen across many different disciplines, including vocabulary, maths and science.

There are many ways to apply retrieval practice practically, with strategies including:

  • Using past papers
  • Doing multiple-choice tests
  • Using flashcards
  • Answering questions out loud
  • Writing down everything you remember
  • Sketching your answer out

Read all about it: HERE

Teaching multiples

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We often say they need to get it into their hands before they can get it into their heads. There a great example from how to teach multiples.

Critical Thinking Is A Mindset

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The TeachThought blog shows us no less than 16 characteristics of a critical thinking classroom.

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Modelling is so powerful

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Modelling is very useful to teach our children the more complicated concepts. There is a whole procedure you need to follow to do it the right way and the article in the link provides five ways to make a success out of it.

Read all about it: HERE

Getting started with number bonds to 5

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In this article, Dr Helen WiIliams, an independent educational consultant specialising in the learning and teaching of Early Years and KS1 mathematics, shares with us ways to teach number bonds through play.

Read all about it: HERE

Gestures help learning

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Susan Wagner Cook, an associate professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Iowa, has conducted numerous studies with various scenarios and it is confirmed that children learn better when they can see gestures while hearing the explanations.

Read all about it: HERE

Adjustments for Dyscalculia

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The SPELD NSW (short for Supporting children and adults with specific learning difficulties) shares this wonderful resource with adjustments you can make for children who have dyscalculia.

Read all about it: HERE

Math and baseball

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A summer camp in New York City is using the basics of baseball to make math more fun,

Learn counting with songs?

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We are not fond of the rote memory way of learning to count where the children learn 1-10 without understanding what it means, however the video in the link for today shows a great way of how to integrate singing in learning to count with your kid.

Read all about it: HERE

Move to remember

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From the LDA newsletter we bring this wonderful story about ways to more effectively have children remember their math:

In their book The Kinesthetic Classroom, Traci Lengel and Mike Kuczala cite studies that show us how learning certain concepts through movement is efficient and long-lasting.

Movement gives learning experiences something fresh and new, which the brain likes. This novelty helps keep the attention of the students, making their learning efficient. It’s been my experience over years of using movement in math class that even those students who are timid and reluctant to participate at first are nevertheless paying attention and are interested in what’s going on around them. Their brains are still activated.

Read all about it: HERE

Subtraction without regrouping

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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