Category: School & Teaching

Jeff Bezos – the Amazon founder and richest person in the world – and his wife MacKenzie use Singapore Math with their Children

– “Singapore Math” is a teaching method based on the national mathematics curriculum used for kindergarten through sixth grade in Singapore. According to this system, students learn specific concepts before moving on to more complex ones, in a linear progression. An approach that has made Singaporean and Chinese (especially in …
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Math Is Not Just About Numbers and Equations; It’s About Learning and Understanding

– Ignorance and disgust of math is a widespread problem in today’s society. This is one of the main reasons why people are prone to question scientific facts rather than support them. Mathematical ignorance and scientific illiteracy are profoundly embedded in many cultures in the world. It’s rare to find people joking …
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How to Raise “Genius” and “Gifted” Kids

– Since 1971, the “Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth” (SMPY) – one of the longest study about “gifted” children in history – has tracked 5,000 of the top students in America. The following of these high achievers for 45 years revealed some interesting things. For example, that even pupils with high IQs need teachers …
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Kindergarten-Ready Kids Are Ready… for Life

– According to Dan Gartrell, director of the Child Development Training Program and professor of early childhood and elementary education at Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota, brain research helps us to better understand what school-readiness is. It doesn’t only concern academic basics, but also children’s attitude and confidence in the learning …
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Why Girls Are (Allegedly) Not Good at Math

– Two US teams won the International Mathematical Olympics each year in 2015 and 2016. The big problem is (though not unusual), in both the six-member teams there were no girls at all. Even if much research has shown that girls can succeed as well as boys in math, many female students still believe …
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The Problem with Math Isn’t the Kids

– In the Canadian Province of Ontario, “inquiry-based learning” and teachers’ poor background in math seem to be the main culprits of a decade of decline in elementary math school scores. Most education experts agree that students are not the problem. In Ontario, any discussion about the dismal math school …
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Phonics – Sounding Out Words – Is the Most Effective Method to Learn Reading

– How children should learn to read is an old and intense controversy. Researchers from Royal Holloway University of London and the MRC Cognition and Brain Science Unit wanted to know which is more efficient in learning to read, is it by sounding out words or by guessing whole-word meaning. …
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Why the Gains of Preschool Can Fade So Fast?

​- Drew Bailey, an assistant professor, and Greg Duncan, a professor in the School of Education at the University of California, and Candice Odgers, a professor of public policy, psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, reviewed data from 67 high-quality interventions about literacy and math skills development. The researchers found …
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​The Concept of Different Learning Styles Is Perhaps the Most Popular Neuroscience Myth

– Fundamentally, all human beings learn in similar ways. The idea that people may learn better depending on their own particular visual, auditory or kinesthetic preferences is one of the greatest myths in neuroscience. It was called a “neuromyth” by Paul Howard-Jones, a professor of neuroscience and education at Bristol …
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Why Math Is So Important for All Children

– In recent years, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has become a key focus in education. According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, more than 9 million STEM jobs will be created between 2012 and 2022, a compelling reason to prepare our students for careers in those …
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