Math

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Visions of Mathematics: What Content Should We Teach?

Ben Daley of High Tech High Outlines a Revolutionary Approach to Math Read more
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Singapore Math Demystified!

Guest Post By Scarsdale NY Teacher Bill Jackson
The Daily Riff EXCLUSIVE
Can It Help Solve Our Country's Math-phobia? Read more
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Stephen does Common Core Math

Video in case you missed it - Math! Read more
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Parents: Are we sabotaging our own kids' math "ability"?

Many parents in the United States assume that (math ability) is just some kind of aptitude - some kids have it, some kids don't . . . The result is most of our kids (in the U.S.) don't do really well in Math . . ." Read more
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How I Teach Math and Dance at the Same Time

In this video below, dance moves are equated with having "pattern attributes". This connection is very reminiscent of what mathematician Paul Lockhart was referring to in "A Mathematician's Lament" about math being about pattern-making . . . and art.Isn't also... Read more
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The Case Against Algebra 2

"Algebra 2 Common Core (textbook) is, in other words, a typical, old-fashioned algebra textbook.  It's a highly efficient engine for the creation of math rage: a dead scrap heap of repellent terminology, a collection of spiky, decontextualized, multistep mathematical black-box... Read more
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Financial Literacy: Making Math Relevant

Guest Post By Joe Ganem Ph. D.: Schools Fail Teaching Students "Quantitative Literacy" Read more
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Why Other Countries Do Better in Math

Should Parents "Race to the Tutor"? It's not what you think. Guest post. Read more
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Is Math Art? Dream or Nightmare?

"A Mathematician's Lament"
Every parent & educator should check out this book excerpt Read more
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How To Learn Math: FREE Summer On-line Course from Stanford U for teachers & parents

Here is a great "manageable" (for those of us who are time-crunched) Summer School opportunity from Dr. Joanne Boaler.I've signed up - do check it out here.The Daily Riff previously featured Dr. Boaler in the post, Math Heaven and Hell.-... Read more
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Forget Calculus. Learn Statistics. It's about data, stupid.

UPDATE TODAY The 3 Billion Dollar Brain - Obama's Brain Activity Map Read more
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Want students to learn Math? Try Rock-Paper-Scissors (& not the game)

"Other researchers at the University of Virginia center have found executive function, fine-motor skills, and general knowledge in kindergarten are better predictors of 8th grade reading and math achievement than early-literacy skills." Read more
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The Limits of Education

New guest post. Financial Literacy: Yes. Does it equal "doing the right thing?" Not necessarily. Read more
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Singapore Math - The Most Visual Math?

Is It Better For Problem Solving? Are Drawing & Visualization As Important As Numbers? Teacher Bill Jackson Gives Us Answers. Plus Bonus Video. Read more
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This is your child's brain on homework. Or, is it?

Homework: Too much, too little, or the wrong kind? Read more
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"An Amazing Time For Math In This Country"

High School Math Teacher Dan Meyer, gig At Google, riffs about Math - photo NOT Meyer(!) TED talk Read more
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Math Heaven and Hell

"My different studies have shown that students who engage actively in their mathematics learning, rather than simply practicing procedures, achieve at higher levels." - Stanford professor Dr. Jo Boaler Read more
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Why I Would Fail Third Grade Math

Guest post from a physics college professor with a Ph.D who shadowed his own daughter's 3rd grade class Read more
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Learning Math: The Symbol Barrier

Street Math, School Math, and Video Games Read more
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The Math Salon

Play Games = Learning Math Video Read more
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Can Problem Solving Liberate Our Fear Of Math?

Singapore Math Demystified! Guest Post By Bill Jackson, Math Helping Teacher, Scarsdale, NY Public Schools, one of the highest performing districts in the country, due to popular interest from parents and schools Read more
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Time to Change STEM to STEAM

Innovation: STEM enables it. But Art drives it. Read more
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8th Graders "Design" Their Way to Learn Math, Science & Writing

STEM to STEAM. Make it real. Make it matter. Let me see how it's done, and I will show you next. Science, Technology, Engineering, Math + the ARTS (Design) = STEAM Read more
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NEW GUEST POST . . . "teachers are seen as the driving force behind educational innovation in Singapore"

Surprise. Surprise. Now showing in Singaporean schools: Not the parents' education Read more
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Technology in Education: Lessons from Singapore - New Series

Educator Bill Jackson goes to Singapore and shares his Spring 2012 findings Read more
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The Flipped Class: Students Talk

"There is no one-size fits all in education, but as teachers, we always can benefit from observing and listening to our students." Results from Student Satisfaction Survey on the flipped class shared in The Daily Riff Read more
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Reflecting on the flipped class through student feedback

A private high school teacher shares her findings about her AP Calculus students - NEW guest post Read more
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E-Learning in Singapore: Where Teachers are Involved in Product Development - NEW Post

This gives teachers and schools an important voice in how textbooks, technology and other learning resources are developed. Read more
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Q&A with The Daily Riff: Lessons from Singapore

Even though all schools in Singapore are essentially public schools (even the relatively few private schools must adhere to ministry guidelines), Singapore schools have a lot of autonomy. Read more
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Technology in Education: Who's in charge? What's it supposed to do?

Lessons from Singapore: To develop self-directed learners, teachers are encouraged to give students opportunities to think about and choose what they want to learn, conduct research, and share what they have learned with their classmates. Read more
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The best way to reach each student? Private school Math teacher flips learning

Stacey Roshan , private school teacher at Bullis School in Maryland, is asking and answering questions about the "backwards or flipped classroom" & how if affects the way students learn, in new guest post. Check out parent & student reactions, too. Read more
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Are STEM subjects "Just So Darn Hard?" Or, do we make them so?

Why so many college students are dropping STEM & what to do about it Read more
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"A Radical Idea For Changing Math Education"

Someone always asks the math teacher, 'Am I going to use calculus in real life?' And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is NO. Read more
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Crossing the Math Chasm

Asking the Right Questions: So at one end we've got falling interest in education in math, and at the other end we've got a more mathematical world . . . teachers are also frustrated. Read more
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Math Tutors to the Rescue?

Why So Many Students Aren't Mastering Basic Math Facts Read more
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Math Education: Arguing Over False Choices

"I tell my students that expertise in any subject, math or otherwise, has three components - facts, skills, and understanding. Each of these components is learned in a different way." Read more
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Why Our Kids Don't Get Math

Three surprising reasons why and how it may change our idea of "rigor". Guest Post. Read more
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Singapore: Five Surprises in Education

An American Math Teacher's Travel Journal - The Daily Riff EXCLUSIVE Read more
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Math Spiraling: down a black hole to nowhere?

Are there too many Math concepts being taught in the early years? Read more
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Kindergarten Test-Prep Nightmare

Are You Tipping Off Your Child's Test Monitor? A Jaw-Drop View of How To Prepare Your Kindergartner To "Win" Private School Entry Read more
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"Math Survivor" Game: Created By Two Moms

A Big Hit: Based on the "Survivor" Reality Show, Kindergarten Through Grade 5 Kids Had The Chance For Their Own Adventure, Complete with Math Challenges, Flags, Tribe Council & Worm Eating Read more
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