October 12, 2015
Research from the University of Chicago published in Science journal suggests that the math app Bedtime Math can help bolster math confidence for both children and parents. Bedtime Math takes the routine of a nightly bedtime story and supplements it with mathematical ideas. The goal is to create math learning opportunities that are consistent and non-intimidating.
Dr. Linda Griffin, a former secondary math teacher who now works as a pre-service teacher educator, discusses some of her observations about the United States' consistently lukewarm feelings towards math. She argues that secondary math can have an enormous effect on students who are planning to go on to teach elementary school later on.
A new study from the University of Chicago suggests that parents can easily transfer their math anxiety to their children.
This article discusses strategies for raising children to enjoy math before beginning preschool. Unfortunately many children never develop this appreciation. In fact, even at a young age, children can develop math anxiety or a belief that they are bad at math.
In this article on Quartz, Laura Overdeck, the founder of Bedtime Math, reflects on young students' differing perceptions of math and literacy. While many young students read for fun, very few do math for fun.…
This article focuses on the importance of creating math images, computer-generated or in the real world, that depict what students are learning. This would create some much-needed context for a topic that can easily become overly abstract and overly frustrating.
In this downloadable pdf article, professors Sian Beilock of the University of Chicago and Daniel Willingham of the University of Virginia explore overcoming math anxiety, its importance in the math classroom, and implications for preparing teachers to teach math.
"At Kohl Children’s Museum, we partner with a great team of early childhood researchers, professional development providers and teachers at Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative. One of the methods they promote is Mathematizing Daily Experiences. Simply put, mathematizing is using everyday activities and items to talk about math with young children."