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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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Game-Based Learning: Time to Bring Your Class Into the 21st Century

[fa icon="calendar'] October 21, 2016 at 10:39 AM / by Conrad Nickels posted in Educational Games, Video Games, Game-Based Learning

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Dinosaurs! Look out! They’re blocking your path. There’s only one thing to do - pull back on your slingshot and aim carefully…

Does this sound like any math class you’ve been part of? Does this even sound like math?

You load the slingshot with a piece of fruit and look closely at the dinosaurs. You know each dinosaur only likes fruit with certain attributes. If you can feed them the fruit they like, maybe you can get past them.

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What is Formative Assessment & How Can It Help Your Math Class?

[fa icon="calendar'] October 14, 2016 at 12:14 PM / by Admin posted in Elementary Math, Formative Assessment, Growth Mindset

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A very wise man, Yogi Berra, once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else.”

OK, maybe Yogi’s quotes weren’t always genius, but this one actually makes sense. In education, we know where we want students to end up, but the way there is not always clear. Assessment is a crucial element of determining that path.

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Math Learning Difficulties: How to Keep Your Children on Track

[fa icon="calendar'] October 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM / by Conrad Nickels

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All parents have to do is look at the poor performance on standardized tests in the early grades to see that mathematics difficulties are widespread in modern classrooms.

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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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5 Grade 1 Math Activities You Need to Try in Your Classroom

[fa icon="calendar'] September 22, 2016 at 6:57 PM / by Conrad Nickels posted in STEM, Elementary Math, Early Math, Grade 1, Math Activities, Grade 1 Math, in-class activities

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Puzzles, games, friendly competition, and collaboration… get your students to dive right in with these hands-on activities.  It’s one of our favourite ways to engage and have fun with math!

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Math is often a subject that is maligned by older grades (and adults!).  In these early years, you have a great opportunity to help your students develop positive attitudes towards math. Activities like these are a great way for your students to experience math in a really fun way, where there is a low cost to failure and a really low barrier to entry.  

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5 Reasons Puzzles are Great Educational Resources

[fa icon="calendar'] September 15, 2016 at 5:08 PM / by Admin

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Teachers and parents are always on the lookout for inexpensive, fun ways to engage kids while building important physical and mental skills. For a great mental workout, look no further than puzzles.

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