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Unwrap These 5 Holiday & Christmas Math Activities in Your Class Today

[fa icon="calendar'] November 30, 2016 at 4:25 PM / by Conrad Nickels posted in Elementary Math, Blended Learning, Grade 1, Math Activities, Grade 1 Math, in-class activities

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Winter holidays are coming! There are so many creative ways to incorporate the holidays into your classroom - holiday themed puzzles, games, problem solving, and collaboration are great ways to keep your students engaged and remind them about the fun in math. These types of hands-on activities are some of our favorite ways to make math a meaningful and enriching experience.

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Preschoolers Understand Math Better Than You Think

[fa icon="calendar'] November 23, 2016 at 4:42 PM / by Admin posted in Elementary Math, Early Math, Preschool, Preschool Math

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Place value (the value indicated by where a digit is in a multi-digit number, e.g.: units, tens, hundreds) is one of the keystone concepts in children’s math education. An understanding of place value is necessary for carrying out operations like addition and subtraction with numbers that exceed a single digit. For decades, educators have based their math curricula on the idea that place value is too difficult for most preschoolers to understand.

But some recently published research out of Michigan has turned this idea on its head.

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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 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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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!

RELATED: 5 Reasons Puzzles are Great Educational Resources

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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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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Avoiding the Dreaded Summer Slide: Stop Kids from Forgetting the Math

[fa icon="calendar'] June 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM / by Admin posted in Summer Slide, Elementary Math, Math Education

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Summer slide: It sounds great, like a scene from our own childhoods. It sounds reminiscent of an endless succession of long, sunlit days on leafy playgrounds, and no schoolwork in sight for months. But in fact, while it may sound like a load of fun, the summer learning loss is no joke.

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