Category: School & Teaching

Why Teaching Preschoolers Math Language Is So Important

– According to a study from Purdue University, teaching preschoolers math words and concepts like “fewer”, “some”, “more” and “a lot” help them develop better math abilities. “We found that when children were read stories with age-appropriate mathematical language and pictures, and then discussed these specific concepts in small groups, …
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Basic Math Skills Are a Must to Thrive

– ​​As another school year begins in Canada, fuzzy-math supporters are back across the country​. While some of them don’t hesitate to call it ​the “new way” of teaching math​, the concept of “fuzzy math,” as well as ​the so-called​ “discovery learning,” dates back 100 years to the early progressive …
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We’re 25 Years Behind in Early Math Education

– Reading bedtime stories became a parent’s daily duty as common as encouraging their kids to teeth-brushing. The next very important step is to take the same kind of good habit with early math. According to researchers of DREME (Development and Research in Early Math Education), it’s time for Dad …
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Most Boys Leave Primary School with Poor Math and Literacy Skills

– According to the UK government, a majority of boys leave primary school lacking basic standards in literacy and numeracy. Already at a young age, girls have better results than their male peers as they tend to be more eager to please and because of the smaller number of male …
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Why Public Schools Must Focus on Early Learning

– Leaning begins much earlier than age 5, a good reason why public school must focus on the very first years. Science has shown that the optimal period of human brain development is between zero to five. A better coordination is needed between preschool and elementary school programs in order …
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Better Math Skills Can Make You Wealthier

– According to a new study that tracked 1,000 Dutch adults ​for a period of 5 years and screen​ed​ for differences in education, risk tolerance and financial knowledge, people with ​better​ ​math​ skills​ tend to become wealthier over time. Understanding of financial numbers like discounts, fees and interest rates ​are …
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The Urgent Need to Protect Children from Math Phobia

– It’s a common stance to take pride on not being good at mathematics. Around the world, a lot of people are unable to tell whether 1/3 is larger or smaller than 2/5, for example. This is a really big issue, especially now when, in order to be successful at …
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Children Whose Parents Attend Parenting Classes Do Better in School

– According to some research, children of parents who attend parenting classes have better chances to succeed in school. Four years ago, UK Prime Minister David Cameron launched a parenting program in order to coach low-income families in this domain. With a disappointing result: while the government hoped to enroll …
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The Size of a Family Can Affect Both the Behavior and School Achievement of Children

– According to a new study conducted by economists Chinhui Juhn, Yona Rubinstein, and C. Andrew Zuppann, the size of a family can affect the behavior and achievement of children. Using data from two surveys conducted between 1986 and 2012, the researchers wanted to know if and how the number …
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Are Female Teachers Responsible for the Lack of Interest of Girls in STEM?

– Is the shortage of women in STEM jobs due to the anxiety and unconscious bias of female teachers about those disciplines? Although research has shown that girls can perform as well as boys in science, math, technology and engineering, the widespread and tenacious bias against female students persists, even starting as early …
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