Emotion or Feeling: What’s the Difference?

Is Your Child Feeling Nervous About Starting School?

Mathematical Thinking at Play (5 year olds are amazing thinkers)

A few years ago I filmed a couple of the Fletcher gang playing  a game I love called “Set”.  Set shows us that challenging means fun.  The game that requires some pretty sophisticated thinking.   Initially, I didn’t know if  my 5 year-old could handle a full game of set, but I thought I would tryContinue reading “Mathematical Thinking at Play (5 year olds are amazing thinkers)”

The Psychologist’s Role in Teaching Mathematics

Historically, psychologists have studied math but have been noticeably absent when it comes to doing direct mathematics work with children.   Notable exceptions include Diennes, Bruner, and Vygotsky, but to this day Psychologists tend to assess and make recommendations for treatment.  This surprises me, given the cognitive processing involved and the anxiety that so oftenContinue reading “The Psychologist’s Role in Teaching Mathematics”

Working memory matters!

For over 20 years I’ve been thinking about working memory in primarily two ways.  We accept  working memory as functioning as a visual-spatial sketch pad and as a  phonological loop.  Put simply, visualizing and rehearsing information by repeating it were the ways in which most of us recognized working memory.  By working memory, we meanContinue reading “Working memory matters!”

Coping With Math Anxiety Can Be About Perspective

Many children experience discomfort around math, we generally call this Math Anxiety, a fear that math is going to be uncomfortable and full of failure. Here’s an interesting post via Elizabeth Stevens on Math Anxiety, I wished to share with you all.  Math performance is so important today.  Math is actually fun.  But, we haveContinue reading “Coping With Math Anxiety Can Be About Perspective”

5 Year Old Discovering Equivalent Fractions

This is the Doo Dah playing math.  Fractions. This is where kids often learn to hate math.  Guess what?  We can change it.  I’ll describe what is happening in this short video.  The Doo Dah is a) seeing what a fraction is b) playing w/ the proper toys/tools to help her discover its meaning c)Continue reading “5 Year Old Discovering Equivalent Fractions”

5 Year Old Doo Dah Likes #Algebra

The Doo Dah and I “play math” before she goes to Kindergarten.  We keep it fun, but do some pretty abstract things.  You can really see her thinking as she factors a polynomial.

Algebra w/ Doo Dah (she’s five) #math

People have asked to hear what the Doo Dah is saying, so I ducked the music down.  I know that this may disappoint all of those Herb Alpert fans out there.  Anyway, the purpose of the video is to show that even Algebra (especially Algebra) seems no different from most other games and puzzles.  JustContinue reading “Algebra w/ Doo Dah (she’s five) #math”

What music does for the brain: An early Frank Allison recording

Local music fans understand, music enhances brain development.  We are learning more about it all the time as science has taken a keen interest.  Here’s Ghost of some fine girls, with the original line up including Frank, Michael Feeney on bass, Randy Sabo on Drums, and Martin Fletcher on guitar.  I loved this track. WeContinue reading “What music does for the brain: An early Frank Allison recording”