Fingers help all students learn math

May 5, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

SEEING AS UNDERSTANDING: The Importance of Visual Mathematics for our Brain and Learning. is a new monograph by Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education with Lang Chen, Stanford Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Lab Cathy Williams & Montserrat Cordero, youcubed. Stanford University.

From page 11:

“The classroom and parental implications of the emerging science of the brain that shows that mathematical thinking centrally involves visual pathways – and finger representations –are important to consider. Here are 3 recommendations for educators and parents:

  1. Encourage and celebrate students’ visual approaches and replace the idea that strong mathematics learners are those who memorize and calculate well.
  2. Focus on finger discrimination and encourage finger use.
  3. Importantly, mathematics teaching and learning needs to become more visual – there is not a single idea or concept that cannot be illustrated or thought about visually.”

Read their April Atlantic Monthly article

Check it out! Rowan

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