DailyDirt: Doing Math In Your Head
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Math might not be the easiest subject for some students, but there might be different ways of teaching it that could make it more tolerable for kids. The more we learn about how our brains process math problems, the better we can teach ourselves how to tackle math education. There’s a lot of concern over how Americans can compete in a global economy if our kids don’t have some pretty basic math skills. Maybe some of these findings will help students pick up some much needed math skills.
- Learning how to use an abacus could actually be useful. Japanese students have demonstrated that using a mental image of an abacus (no actual abacus needed) can help them perform some incredibly fast mental calculations. [url]
- American kids don’t do well on international math tests, but the bright side is that we’re slowly learning what might be the best remedies. Understanding *why* kids don’t do well on math tests is an important part of coming up with a solution, but looking at the bad test results is pretty scary…. [url]
- Doing a few algebraic word problems before bedtime might help alleviate some math fears in children. Or they could inspire math-related nightmares that haunt kids like Freddie Krueger. You decide. [url]
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