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”
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”
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”
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.