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Optimizing The Classroom to Accelerate Learning

Optimizing The Classroom to Accelerate Learning

A new approach to grouping theory uses math to determine how to organize individuals to maximize learning.

How Students Determine If They're a “Math Person” or “Reading Person”

How Students Determine If They're a “Math Person” or “Reading Person”

As students progress through their K-12 years they become more likely to engage in comparisons to determine whether they are either a “math person” or a “reading person.” 

From Hopscotch to Handwriting: Trial and Error is our Best Teacher

From Hopscotch to Handwriting: Trial and Error is our Best Teacher

Although we often think that we don’t want to make mistakes, this new model of learning reminds us that trying new things and making mistakes are our best teachers.

How to Unlock Your Child's STEM Potential

How to Unlock Your Child's STEM Potential

Teaching this set of skills – particularly with the use of physical manipulatives  – is highly effective at improving mathematics performance and makes learning more engaging, accessible, and equitable.

How Counting Promotes Fair Sharing in Preschoolers

How Counting Promotes Fair Sharing in Preschoolers

Researchers show how symbolic counting skills were the single biggest predictor of preschoolers' fair sharing behavior.

"Math Neurons" Identified in the Brain

"Math Neurons" Identified in the Brain

When performing calculations, some neurons are active when adding, others when subtracting.

Words Count: Study Shows Words are Needed to Think About Numbers

Words Count: Study Shows Words are Needed to Think About Numbers

Among adults who vary in their knowledge of number words, the ability to reason about numbers is bound by the highest number they can count to.

3 Key Skills for Promoting Numeracy in Young Children

3 Key Skills for Promoting Numeracy in Young Children

What are the fundamental skills that young children need to develop at the start of school for future academic success? While a large body of res...

Thinking in 3D Improves Mathematical Skills

Thinking in 3D Improves Mathematical Skills

New research suggests that there is a strong correlation between early spatial skills and the comprehension of mathematical concepts later.

These Cognitive Exercises Help Children Boost Their Math Skills

These Cognitive Exercises Help Children Boost Their Math Skills

Young children who practice visual working memory and reasoning tasks improve their math skills more than children who focus on spatial rotation exercises.

Why Our Brains Miss Opportunities to Improve Through Subtraction

Why Our Brains Miss Opportunities to Improve Through Subtraction

A new study explains why people rarely look at a situation, object or idea that needs improving -- in all kinds of contexts -- and think to remove something as a solution. Instead, we almost always add some element, whether it helps or not.

Puzzle Play Helps Boost Math Skills 

Puzzle Play Helps Boost Math Skills 

Researchers have found that children who played with puzzles at a young age later perform better on tasks utilizing spatial skills.