## What Do The Finns Know About Teaching Math?

Around the world, educators, experts, and policy makers, find themselves surprised to learn that Finland, a wintry country adjacent to Russia, Norway, and Sweden, boasts some of the highest scores in the world for standardized tests in reading, math and science. A great deal of recent research attempts to uncover what the secret to Finnish […]

## Maths anxiety is a condition that may be genetic.

Long since finishing school, I have had the ubiquitous nightmare of sitting in an exam room with a test that I am completely not prepared for. In my head the topic in front of me is almost always maths, with numbers and meaningless equations dancing on the page. Maths is a particularly daunting subject because […]

## 5 Ways to Prep Parents for This Year’s Math

Not only is it time to welcome students back to school, it’s time to welcome back their parents as well. Here are five things that you can do to help parents understand the math curriculum you’ll be covering for the year and things they can do to help their children.   Let parents know what […]

## To Tech or Not To Tech: There Is No Question

Technology has always played a role in the classroom. Sure, things like iPads and laptops are relatively new entrants. But consider what the word “technology” means. According to Merriam-Webster.com, technology is defined (among other ways) as “a manner of accomplishing a task.” So anything that helps get something done is a kind of technology. What […]

## Practicing Arithmetic Can Build A Better Math Brain

When it comes to arithmetic, repetition is a key to successful learning. Children may start off using their fingers to help them count.  But eventually they commit the basics to memory. The value of constant practice of basic math is well known. But now we have a better appreciation of how this works, and why […]

## “Solve the Problem”: An easy way to turn “I can’t” into “I can!”

It’s a common refrain in schools across the country: “I can’t do this.” I hear it in the classroom and I hear it at home with my own kids. I often hear it before the child has even looked at the problem in front of him. I sometimes hear it after the child has done […]

## English May Not Be the Best Language for Learning Math, but Programs Like Matific Can Help Promote Numeracy in Any Language!

English is a frustrating language to learn. There is always more than one exemption to every grammatical rule and pronunciation is far from phonetic. As it’s evolved, English has absorbed scores of words from other tongues and may have the most abundant vocabulary — depending on how you count. So native-born English speakers appear to […]

## Minecraft Math: The Building Blocks of Fractions

Is your school hooked on the Minecraft craze? You don’t have to be a Minecraft expert to use your students’ love of this block-filled world to build their learning of math concepts. Here are some easy ways to work with fractions in Minecraft. Working alone or in small groups, have students enter Creative Mode. There […]

## Is That App Worth Your Time?

With tens of thousands of educational apps in the world, it’s clear that not all apps are created equally. As you play different apps, consider these five questions to determine the quality of the app. How deep does it go? Does the app offer multiple levels to scaffold a particular skill or set of skills, […]

## Five Ways to Prep Parents for This Year’s Math

Not only is it time to welcome students back to school, it’s time to welcome back their parents as well. Here are five things that you can do to help parents understand the math curriculum you’ll be covering for the year and things they can do to help their children. Let parents know what you’ll […]