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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. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.

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    KeillRandor (profile), 3 Dec 2012 @ 9:11pm

    learning basic maths...

    To learn basic maths - the first step must, of course, be:

    1) Learn how to count.

    How many people or resources do you currently think are teaching people and children to count incorrectly/inconsistently?

    For (an easy/quick) example: check a number wall chart somewhere and see if it counts from 1 to 10/100 or 0 to 9/99.

    If its the former, then it's doing it WRONG - our numerical symbolic system functions as base-10:

    0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9.
    10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19.
    20, etc..

    We don't count from 1 to 10 - (we start with nothing/0).

    Anyone who is taught or thinks in such a manner is already starting off on the wrong foot... Basic addition and subtraction becomes fairly easy once the numerical system is understood, with multiplication and division becoming easier with that foundation.

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