They keep changing the math

In my nightmares, I am sitting at a too-small desk, faced with a series of computations. I have to solve for x...but I have no idea how to do the work....more

Learning Chemistry, Physics and Math in the Garden - Part 1

Agriculture is science. If you're growing something - whether flowers in a pot on the windowsill or vast fields of vegetables - you've got a ready-built classroom....more

Toddler math: The inverse velocity equation

Math was not my strongest subject in school, but I think I am able to remember enough of it to help my son all the way through algebra and geometry (when he hits calculus, we will need outside help). But there is one mathematical equation I didn't learn until I became a mom. And that is the inverse velocity equation. I could write it out as a fancy formula, but I think it works better as an example....more

What Happened to Teaching Math so Kids Actually Learn it?

Math.  Ugh.  What used to be the bane of most students’ existence is now becoming the bane of most parents’ existence.  Why?  Common Core.  ...more

Rose Window Geometry

Ah – the glories of learning off the computer! Could there be a more exhilarating way to see in a quick moment all the geometric wonders involved in those wonderful Cathedral windows of old? (Perhaps it is because I have learned to love Math so very much, that this is astounding to me!)...more

Gears, Math and Contrary

Gears are at the heart of so many things around here. Scott is building a race car for the Drag Strip that is around the corner from our house. Both boys like to build motorcycles and bikes, and finger bikes, and scooters and anything else with wheels, really. I can see them going into fields like engineering or design or drafting. They are artists. Anything to do with building seems to be their thing. And because of that, I taught myself to love math....more

New study says math is not an innate skill

Researchers in Norway studied a group of fifth graders and showed that math is not an innate skill, but rather something you learn with practice (making your brain connections stronger).They tested 9 types of math - including addition, subtraction, multiplication, calendar and clock work. The tests were both orally and in writing. As the researcher pointed out, there is little correlation between solving a normal addition problem and addition in the form of a word problem. Why? Because up to 20 % of Norwegian boys in middle school have problems reading....more

Don't teach your children that "some people are just bad at math" - especially your daughter!

First things first: some people are bad at math, but no one is doomed to fail at math forever. Being bad at math, also called "dyscalculia," simply means that the cognitive skills needed to do math well are weak. You can strengthen those cognitive skills (like numerical fluency, attention, visual processing and working memory) with the proper brain training and become very good - - even great! -- at math.Next thing: Telling your child (boy or girl) things like, "Good thing you inherited your dad's math abilities!" only reinforces the myth that males are inherently better at math....more

Studying math geniuses who are blind may create new ways to teach kids math

This is pretty fascinating: A researcher from the University of Hull studied people who have been blind since birth while they did math in their head. Here's what she found from this particular group:1. The blind volunteers showed outstanding estimation skills - even better than the volunteers who weren't blind! That in itself contradicts the idea that vision is essential to develop advanced math skills.2. One theory is that blind people need to assess their surrounding with math more than sighted people - counting the number of steps to their apartment, for example....more

FOUND! Part of the brain that recognizes numbers

Have you ever used the excuse (or been told) that you're "just bad at math"?Well, here's proof that no one is born bad (or good) at math. University School of Medicine researchers figured out the exact spot in the brain (about 1/5" across!) gets activated when we look at ordinary numerals (like 3 or 52).The activity declines when people are shown numbers that are spelled out ("two") or homophones ("too" instead of "two") or slightly altered numbers or letters (changed font)....more