Inappropriate ways of denoting multiplication are everywhere.
When the equation 8÷2(2+2)=? is written properly and includes a multiplication sign before the first bracket, the answer is clear.
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.
Girls who are more confident in their math skills are more likely to pursue math-intensive degrees.
High school girls who are more confident in their math abilities are more likely to pursue math in college and beyond.
Searching for role models in the math world.
Women’s History Month is a time to recognize female role models. In mathematics, when we think of powerful women, we should think of Marion Walter.
Can you cut it in this math problem?
Dreading math class as you head back into school? Never fear: Try these tips from famed mathematician George Pólya.
Learning the fundamentals of maths can equip children with critical thinking and reasoning skills.
Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
Maths occupies an eminent place in global schooling assessment criteria not just because of its content, but for the skills that are taught and developed alongside it.
Learning deficits in Maths compound over time.
There’s extensive research evidence to suggest that grade repetition does more harm than good.
A student revising class work in Kenya. The quality of maths teaching in schools can have a profound impact on learner interest.
The quality of what pupils come to know, understand and are able to do has a big impact on students. Low quality leads to boredom as well as fear and anxiety about maths as a subject
£41m will be spent on ‘mastery learning’ – will it improve learning in primary schools?
An early understanding of numbers may be a sign of mathematical ability.
You may have got what it takes to be a mathematical genius without even being aware of it.
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.
Change can be a good thing – really.
Homework image via www.shutterstock.com.
Both have been much maligned by parents who felt like they couldn’t help their kids with basic math homework. But the Common Core could help with conceptual understanding and math intuition.
Let’s all go on a maths walk.
Maths is all around us. Let children hunt for it.
Are you smarter than a third grader in Vietnam?
Woman image via www.shutterstock.com
People shouldn’t let these tricky puzzlers reinforce their misguided notion that they stink at math.
A love of puzzles.
Have you heard the one about Cheryl’s birthday? It’s the latest puzzle that’s baffling people across the world.
An increase in science and maths requirements in U.S. high schools has lead to higher dropout rates, recent research has…
Many of the genes for maths and reading overlap.
Businessman via alphaspirit/Shutterstock
I disliked and feared maths for most of my school career and dropped it as soon as I possibly could. My mother recalls me crying as a five-year-old because: “I can’t do the people-on-the-bus sums”. If…
The answer… 56.
Multiplication table by extender_01/Shutterstock
The British Chancellor George Osborne recently refused to answer a simple times table question posed to him by seven-year-old school boy Samuel Reddings. Osborne was asked the question 7x8, but declined…
A better grounding in mathematics is needed for a career in science.
Our future in science, technology and engineering relies on a foundation and understanding of mathematics. And while it is pleasing to see a growth in interest in our advanced mathematics course at the…
Chess can be applied to maths education – you just have to think outside the box.
In the spirit of the current world championship bout between Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen and Indian grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, we should seriously consider the role of chess in how young students…