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These cognitive exercises help young children boost their math skills, study shows

“In this large, randomized study we found that when it comes to enhancing mathematical learning in young children, the type of cognitive training performed plays a significant role,” says corresponding author Torkel Klingberg, professor in the Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet. I thought this was interesting, so I thought I would repost it here. Here […]

FYI: Accelerate, Don’t Remediate

As we wrap up one of the most challenging and unique school years ever, I first want to commend ALL THE TEACHERS for their tireless efforts to educate students during this most difficult of times. Your willingness to learn new things (hello SeeSaw, Google Classroom, Zoom, Google Meet, Desmos, and a plethora of other tools!) […]

What should homework look like

To assign math homework or NOT to assign math homework? That is the question. There is little evidence that assigning math homework in grades K-8 improves student outcomes. But there is plenty of evidence that assigning too much math homework is detrimental to student achievement. Alfie Kohn, shares some data research showing fourth graders who […]

Math For Love

Math is fun! But it is pretty common place for us teachers to reduce math to a collection of skills to learn, practice, and memorize…which is not terribly fun. Math For Love is a wonderful website that provides teachers with the resources for making math the joyous endeavor it is supposed to be. Games, rich […]

Returning to “normal”

As we make the slow, but inexorable return to normalcy – whatever that may look like – we need to begin thinking about the details for returning to school. Within the teachers’ sphere of influence, the first two things to consider are What to Teach? And How to Teach It? Research shows that our students […]

Mathigon…my new love

Perhaps a few years ago (maybe 2018?) I first bumped into Mathigon. It was a beautifully designed website calling itself the “Textbook of the Future”. The books, games, and virtual manipulatives are so wonderfully created that they make math look joyful…which it is! Well…Mathigon continues to add to its website, making it one of the […]