The good news: your child can use their fingers and you can too.
Your cheat sheet for best practices in teaching math at home. Keep it positive and mask your shock when your child tells you there are many ways to multiply numbers.
The extent to which parents and educators encourage children to think mathematically in the years before they enter grade one are critically important for math foundations.
Math is not primarily about numbers, but about thinking. It all begins with parent-child conversations about mathematical ideas.
Numeracy has real implications for your life.
How mathematically proficient are you? And do you have the skills to back up your level of math confidence? The answers to those questions may have ramifications for your financial and physical health.
Parents have a responsibility for their children’s math development too.
Instead of getting "back to basics" to improve math skills, we should make math literacy a priority by developing, attracting and supporting skilled teachers, and improving math literacy at home.
Christmas lists usually suggest the latest and greatest technology, but blocks are still the best toy you can buy your child.
Blocks probably won't top Christmas wish lists, but they have many benefits including developing fine motor skills, social, cognitive and language skills, and spatial reasoning and language.
Graphing calculators – like the ones used in this seventh grade Dallas classroom – have become ubiquitous in U.S. education.
AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez
Teachers are starting to ditch graphing calculators for math apps. Was the expensive tech ever worth it – or is it just holding students back?
What does it take for kids to be ready for school?
Children who aren't ready for school tend to lag behind their peers in later grades. Parents and teachers can help.
The author, teaching at the very front of his calculus class.
More students are taking Advanced Placement calculus in high school. They may be learning techniques for solving certain problems at the expense of the mathematical foundations they need to advance.
Unequal education is a result of what happens in schools.
Students in the same grade in the same school receive a very different education based on the socioeconomic status of their parents.