Links from around the web about teaching and math practice for kids.
January 31, 2017
This article outlines the benefits to spatial reasoning and expanding the learning that children experience regarding spatial reasoning in the early years.
A new study by the University of Missouri finds what many educators suspect: a better number sense in the preschool years leads to better understanding and success in mathematics when children enter kindergarten.
This article, which includes powerful words by our own Dr. Jie-Qi Chen, describes the importance of early math, how it is often shortchanged in classrooms, and explains techniques that are becoming increasingly common for bringing out the math in early education classrooms.
Outlined in this The Atlantic article is growing evidence that using fingers to count is an important part of a child's development of number concepts.
The Early Math Collaborative's Assistant Director of Instruction, Lisa Ginet, appeared on WBEZ this week to provide her thoughts on the opportunities to explore the math in many popular children's books. Ginet's segment starts around…
This article from Scientific American dissects one of many homework assignments that have outraged parents recently, often with blame falling to the Common Core State Standards.
New research is showing how arts education and math can build off of one another. Although many talk of STEM education, increasingly an importance on STEAM education is taking root.
This link jumps into books that give children a chance to explore spatial reasoning. Over and under, going that direction or going the other direction, mapping, perspective.
Counting is a complex task that is often taken for granted. As described in the Collaborative's book Big Ideas in Early Mathematics, there are two different types: rote counting and rational counting. While both are useful, "when young children develop rational counting skills they are armed with a tool that enables them to understand the concept of numerosity, to compare quantities of different sets, and eventually to engage in operations."
Children with strong spatial reasoning skills are more likely to succeed in STEM fields later on in life.