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Recent Research Studies May Turn Early Math Education on its Ear

[fa icon="calendar'] October 27, 2016 at 2:30 PM / by Admin posted in STEM, Elementary Math, Early Math, Math Ability, Math Education

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Researchers at the University of Illinois have made a discovery that may seriously shape how educators approach early math. In a study published in Cognition, psychology professor Daniel Hyde tested a group of first graders’ basic intuitions about numbers.

The results of his study indicated kids who were routinely exposed to groups of items of different quantities and asked to use approximation to predict which group was bigger or smaller performed significantly better on a math test administered shortly afterwards than children who did not participate in an approximation exercise.

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What is Spatial Reasoning & How Can it Improve Students' Math Ability?

[fa icon="calendar'] September 29, 2016 at 2:25 PM / by Conrad Nickels posted in Spatial Reasoning, Math Ability

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Spatial reasoning is one of three core cognitive skills people need for success in work and learning. Spatial reasoning is like the often-overlooked middle child sandwiched between two more outgoing siblings: verbal skills and numeracy.  But a growing consensus among researchers suggests this attitude is both wrong-headed and counterproductive.

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Are You Doing Enough to Support Your Child’s Math Development?

[fa icon="calendar'] September 8, 2016 at 3:40 PM / by Sylvia Tobin posted in Elementary Math, Early Math, Math Ability

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How important is parental support in children's math development? Sylvia Tobin, a Kindergarten teacher with 28 years of experience, gives us the low-down on how to set kids up for a lifetime of success in math.  

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Why a Fixed Mindset in Math is Your Worst Enemy

[fa icon="calendar'] August 18, 2016 at 3:16 PM / by Admin posted in Fixed Mindset, Growth Mindset, Math Ability, Math Education

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Math ability isn’t written on a person’s genes, in opposition to the popularly held idea. In spite of major evidence to the contrary, the reoccurring notion in many parts of the world is that some people are born with superb math ability, while others don’t have much at all.

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