## Mathematics

Mathematics

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### ARTICLES

**3 Ways To Support Math Literacy** by Jasper Fox (ASCD). "There are numerous ways to support math literacy and fluency in any content area," writes ASCD EDge community member Jasper Fox. In a recent blog post, Fox shares three ways educators can support their student's math literacy. He also asks readers to share their favorite strategies.

**A Proposition for Handling Remainders Better - Please!** by José Vilson (Edutopia)

**Fort Mill teachers flip classrooms, change how they teach** by Rachel Southmayd (Fort Mill Times)

**How ‘Productive Failure’ In Math Class Helps Make Lessons Stick** by Katrina Schwartz (Mind/Shift). To improve math instruction, teachers should give students problems they know they can't solve to create "productive failure," suggests Education University of Hong Kong professor Manu Kapur. "Learning from failure is a very intuitive and compelling idea that's been around for ages," Kapur says.

**Introduce Word Problems to Students Sooner, Studies Say** by Sarah D. Sparks (Education Week). Teachers should introduce word problems sooner, researchers say. An intervention program -- "Bridging Instruction" -- included the use of word problems and found that students who participated showed improvement in several math skills. However, students must be proficient in English for the approach to work.

**‘Not a Math Person’: How to Remove Obstacles to Learning Math** by Katrina Schwartz (Mind/Shift). Students' attitudes about academic capabilities may be a top obstacle to learning math, asserts Stanford math education professor Jo Boaler. "There's a widespread myth that some people are math people and some people are not," Boaler said. "But it turns out there's no such thing as a math brain."

**Seeing Struggling Math Learners as ‘Sense Makers,’ Not ‘Mistake Makers’** by Katrina Schwartz (Mind/Shift). How making math "mistakes" supports learning. Allowing students to make "mistakes" as they work through math problems is an essential part of their learning process, says David Wees, a formative assessment specialist in mathematics in New York. Wees shares why the focus should be on students' thinking as they attempt to solve math challenges, and not simply whether they reach the correct answer.

**Take A Walk To Be Better At Math: Embodied Cognition Gets Brain Thinking In Sync** by Chris Weller (Medical Daily). Walking in a specific direction -- left or right -- may make solving some math problems easier, according to a recent study. Data show participants were better at addition when asked to turn right and better at subtraction when asked to turn left.

**The Case for Pi: Why We Shouldn't Always Teach Math in Absolutes** by José Vilson (Edutopia)

**The Teacher Who Believes Math Equals Love**by Cory Turner (nprEd). Math class features hands-on, outside-the-box lessons. Students in a rural Oklahoma high-school math class created their own math textbooks, and recently took part in a math speed-dating activity. The class features other outside-the-box instructional techniques such as using a song to help students learn the quadratic formula

**Welcome Back, Long Division?** by David Ginsburg (Education Week Teacher)

**When are we ever going to use this?** By Michael Edlavitch (SmartBlog)

### ALGEBRA

**In Teaching Algebra, the Not-So-Secret Way to Students’ Hearts** by Katrina Shwartz (MindShift)

**CALCULATORS**

**Calculator test ban 'backward step',** claim academics by Katherine Sellgren (BBC)

**CALCULUS**

**5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus** (Why playing with algebraic and calculus concepts—rather than doing arithmetic drills—may be a better way to introduce children to math) by Luba Vangelova (The Atlantic)

**CAREERS**

**It’s Never Been More Lucrative to Be a Math-Loving People Person** by Nicole Torres (Harvard Business Review). Students who are good at math -- and who are involved in social activities -- may earn more over time, according to a recent study. Researchers studied outcomes for a group of students over a 20-year period and found that the students who had a combination of math and social skills reported higher earnings.

**IMPROVEMENT**

**Math concepts + teamwork = big gains at struggling Renton school** by Linda Shaw (Seattle Times). An elementary school in Washington state has raised its overall math scores from the bottom 5% in the state to average over the past two years. The initiative includes an approach that challenges students to use reason, defense and conversation to solve problems. This article outlines how the school chose the strategy and trained teachers to work together to implement it.

**Want Your Kids To Do Better In Math? Have Them Trace Math Problems With A Finger** by Angela Laguipo (Tech Times). Solutions for some maths problems may come easier and quicker to students if they use an index finger to physically trace the elements of the problem, according to a study published in the journal Learning and Instruction and Applied Cognitive Psychology. Researchers say the method may help students retain complex information.

**LEGO**

**How To Teach Math With LEGOs** by Katie lepi (Edudemic). Legos can be used to teach students how to build structures, but they also can be used to teach concepts such as fractions, multiplication, area and perimeter. This article highlights an infographic depicting ideas for using the building blocks in math lessons.

**TEST ANXIETY**

**Reducing Math Anxiety: What Can Teachers Do?** by Liana Heitin (Education Week)

### VIDEO

**Silent Signals in the Math Classroom** (Teaching Channel)

**YayMath** by Robert Ahdoot (high-school math teacher) - founder of a free online collection of math video lessons filmed live in his classroom, using costumes and characters.

**Mrs Briggs year 8 maths class on percentages**