5 Ways to Build Math into Your Child's Day
By Laura Bilodeau Overdeck Laura Bilodeau Overdeck and her husband have been doing nightly math problems with their kids for years. Laura developed Bedtime Math to share with other families some fun math riddles and other ways to incorporate math into daily routines. Math is everywhere. That’s great news for parents, because we can talk with our kids about math in fun, natural ways. Studies show that a child’s math skills at kindergarten entry are a better predictor of future academic success than reading skills, social skills, or the ability to focus. Here are five ways to add math to your child’s day. 1. You can’t help but use math when you’re baking. Ask your child: How many chocolate chips do you think it will take to fill one cup? 2. Most kids love stopwatches, and watching the seconds tick by gives them opportunities to practice counting. Ask your child: How far can you throw a ball? 3. Big or small, any project that involves measuring includes counting, adding, and multiplying. 4.

Math and Inquiry: The Importance of Letting Students Stumble
A Science Leadership Academy sophomore puts the finishing touches on a geometry project during her lunch period. For subjects like math and foreign language, which are traditionally taught in a linear and highly structured context, using more open-ended inquiry-based models can be challenging. Teachers of these subjects may find it hard to break out of linear teaching style because the assumption is that students can’t move to more complicated skills before mastering basic ones. But inquiry learning is based on the premise that, with a little bit of structure and guidance, teachers can support students to ask questions that lead them to learn those same important skills — in ways that are meaningful to them. This model, however, can be especially hard to follow in public school classrooms tied to pre-set curricula. “As much as we can say it’s okay for students to fail within the class, if they don’t pass the test at the end of the year, it’s suddenly not okay.” Related

10 Outstanding Android Math Apps
1- Brain Exercise This is a free app that provides a set of smart games to help you improve your Math skills starting from the basics 2- Fallin Math This is another great Math Game that offers different layers of difficulty to players. 3- Kids Numbers and Math Lite This is a fremium app that is designed particularly for preschoolers to improve their math skills 4- Baby Learns Numbers Learns Numbers is a mathematical enlightening game for babies. 5- Math Workout Math/Maths Workout is a set of daily brain training exercises and math drills designed to enhance mental arithmetic. 6- Mad Math for Kids This fun Android game isn’t complicated at all, but it will definitely challenge your child’s mental muscles. 7- Mental Math Free Useful tips to simplify difficult math problems and exercises to use them. 8- Arithmetics for Kids Free this entertaining math game that challenges your child’s mind. 9- Einstein Math Academy 10- Algebra Tutor

50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media
Imagine a world where resources were limited to what was found in the classroom or the school closet known as the "Curriculum Materials Room." Picture a world where students wrote letters with pen and paper to communicate with other students and adults outside of the building. Due to postage costs, the teacher either sent the letters in bulk or paid for stamps out of his or her own pocket. If you experienced none of these scenarios, then you live in a world of possibility because you grew up with the many social media tools available to support all learners. Selecting the Right Tool For educators differentiating instruction, social media tools embrace collaboration and global access to people and other resources. Exchange ideas Provide positive, constructive, and kind feedback Provide avenues to connect content with our learners' many different interests The list of social media tools to differentiate for learning is increasing. Be clear about the academic learning outcomes. Readiness

Manic Math Madness
Make math concrete with digital fabrication
For too many students, doing mathematics means just plugging numbers into a memorized formula to get an answer. And because they don’t understand the formulas they’re using, they often fail to use the right one. Take a look at Isaac’s work below, for example. One way to help students like Isaac understand surface area is to present it conceptually using manipulatives. What is digital fabrication? Digital fabrication is the process of creating a physical object from a digital design developed on a computer. CAD software, such as FabLab ModelMaker, Fab@School Maker Studio and Autodesk 123D Design, allows students to design, rotate, transform and measure 3D solids. Both virtual manipulatives (shown in the photo on the left) and physical manipulatives (printed out as a net, on the right) can help students make sense of surface area. How we used digital fabrication to teach surface area Initial exploration. Developing strategies and skills Digital fabrication addresses the ISTE Standards

Making Math Meaningful Again
After writing the post this morning about math and writing, I essentially told myself I would forget about the time constraints, the curriculum map or the tests and just teach it in a way that makes sense. I combined three standards on linear equations, graphing, tables and problem-solving. I pretty-much taught math the way that I did back when I taught a higher-level eighth grade class: I front-loaded the vocabulary using a TPR for variable, equation, graph, table and linear relationships. Some of the students still asked for additional algorithms and I offered them as a practice.

The Stereotypes That Distort How Americans Teach and Learn Math
Speed doesn't matter, and there's no such thing as a "math person." How the Common Core's approach to the discipline could correct these misperceptions. Mathematics education in the United States is broken. We need to change the way we teach math in the U.S., and it is for this reason that I support the move to Common Core mathematics. I have spent years conducting research on students who study mathematics through different teaching approaches—in England and in the U.S. One of the reasons for these results is that mathematical problems that need thought, connection making, and even creativity are more engaging for students of all levels and for students of different genders, races, and socio-economic groups. In mathematics education we suffer from the widespread, distinctly American idea that only some people can be “math people.” For example, consider the following two published test questions. 1.