Learning math can be a long and difficult process. However, not all of the challenges teachers face have to do with cognitive abilities. Many children suffer from mathematics anxiety, defined by Sheila Tobias in her book Overcoming Math Anxiety as “a feeling of tension and anxiety that interferes with the manipulation of numbers and the […]

## Hey Teachers! Matific wants to buy your lesson plans.

CALLING ALL TEACHERS! We know you have some great lesson plans that keep your students engaged and learning every day. Writing them was the hard part, but sharing them with the Matific community is easy! We have spent years developing Matific as a powerful tool that reinforces the math lessons you teach. We are excited […]

## Teacher Appreciation Day 2015

Teachers do not start their careers with plans of wealth or notoriety. Their mornings begin long before the first bell sounds through the halls, and often ends hours after the last student leaves. At home, they spend hour upon hour reviewing assignments and developing lesson plans. Teaching is a calling. A call answered by people […]

## Happy Pi Day!

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. […]

## 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 […]