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All Work, No Recess

At the moment, if I told any five or six-year-old with whom I am acquainted that they could have extra playtime I have no doubt that they would get themselves to the nearest XBOX and “play” until their corneas morphed into right angles. So I have never examined “play” too closely as an activity and […]

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Math As A Second Language

In the US almost 10% of students in the public school system speak English as a learner (ELL).  Although the language of math is theoretically universal, their ability to learn may be twice as challenging thanks to the linguistic barrier. “The challenge of teaching math to ELL students lies not only in making math lessons […]

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Getting Girls Into STEM

As you know, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. While the fields represented by the acronym are exciting, the statistics surrounding STEM are pretty depressing for women. In the US, where women comprised 48% of the workforce in 2009, there were only 24% of women working in STEM careers. That’s despite the fact […]

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Five Amazing Female Mathematicians

Having good role models can make a huge difference for women who want to pursue mathematics. So to inspire your daughters and students here are some famous females who excelled in math, through the ages.   1) Hypatia (c.350/370 AD – 415/416) Hypatia may be one of the first female mathematicians. She followed her father […]

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Girls Worry More About Math

Leveling out the gender gap in STEM careers has been problematic for some time now, and many researchers are analyzing just why it’s so hard to get a balance of men and women in those fields. A new study has found that perhaps math anxiety is one of the many hurdles, with women affected by the […]

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When Adults Are Bad At Math

Across the pond, a worrying survey has found that adults don’t remember a lot of math from their school days, and it might be impacting their career. YouGov, an internet-based market research company, surveyed 2000 adults about their math skills. They found that 20% of adults did not know how to work out fractions or […]

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We Learn From What We Eat

I guess I might be a better eater than I am a student, and if your child bears any resemblance to me, then I can offer you some empathy. I can also offer you some advice: try to use food to aid learning, because not only can you bribe your children with chocolate, you can […]

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How To Prevent Summer Brain Drain

There are few things more satisfying than hearing the bell ring on the last day of school for the year, with the knowledge that summer vacation is stretched out before you. I remember those months seemed open-ended with possibility, although now as a parent to a toddler they are a looming source of stress. Whether […]

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Urban Planners Need Math

Does your child love playing Simcity? Do they think they could design your community’s facilities a lot better? Do they have an obsession with maps and transport? They could be interested in a career in urban planning and guess what? Urban planners need math. People who are drawn to urban planning tend to have a […]