## Are we sabotaging our own kids' math "ability"?

Source: http://www.thedailyriff.com/articles/parents-are-we-sabotaging-our-own-kids-math-ability-779.php Daniel Koretz: https://www.gse.harvard.edu/faculty/daniel-koretz "Many parents in the United States assume that (math ability)
is just some kind of aptitude -
some kids have it, some kids don't . . .
The result is most of our kids (in the U.S.) don't do really
well in Math . . ." - Daniel Koretz, professor of education at Harvard Two Minute Video [ http://bcove.me/pw6e

## Expectations of Teaching Vs. Respect of Teaching?

Becoming good at something most of the time requires support, instruction and encouragement from others. First of all, we need instruction from experts, and second, because we need encouragement in the beginning when practice is mostly about making mistakes and correcting them. Parents and teachers know this well and use positive reinforcement all the time (sometimes even too much). Positive feedback and acknowledgment are really important for anyone, especially at an early a

## Thoughts about math education [ part 2 ]: Social value of the teacher profession and it's conseq

Components Of An Effective Education System I believe that there are key components, areas in the education system that are able to determine successful teaching, or at least significantly increase the likelihood of success. If we find these and improve them, teaching itself will have a chance to succeed. Based on my experience and some research, I believe that one of the key areas is the social value of the teaching profession. In the following article, I'd like to share som

## "Is memorization a good strategy for learning mathematics?"

I just read an interesting article from the OECD web page. The article is analyzing research data from PISA tests and finds a really reasonable conclusion. "Students who avoid making an effort to understand mathematics concepts may succeed in some school environments; but a lack of deep,critical and creative thinking may seriously penalise these students later in life when confronted with real, non-routine problems." "In some situations, memorisation is useful, even necessary

## Can it be better?

After the second term, I thought it cannot be better. I have to admit, I was pessimistic. My student showed me It can ! Thank you for this lesson :) And again ... this result shows the importance of consistency and effort. Two basic foundations of education. A traditional teacher student relationship is successful if it based on mutual respect. The fun part of education can be applied if other basic concepts of success are already established and not before. #students #math

## Success in 5th grade!

It is really nice to see my students improvement ! After 5 month (approximately 20 sessions), the investment of time and effort pays back in success and a nice 100% test. Smiles on all of our faces, and the growing confidence of my students' will lead to more triumphs :) Congratulations ! #students #testscores #math

## Learning is simple!

Permanent improvement requires time, will, effort as well as rational, honest character from student, teacher and parent. The beauty of teaching is to bring these 3 participants to the same table and work consistently towards a common goal. Improvement. My experience is that the most successful students are usually not the smartest ones, but the ones who are able to improve the most over a certain time period. The most tenacious ones, and the ones who have the curiosity to ex

## Math Puzzle 4.

KEEP IT EVEN ! Take 16 small objects (for example coins, magnets, pieces of paper, etc.) and put them in four rows of 4 as it shown on the right. Remove 6, leaving an even number of objects in each row and each column. Try to find as many solutions as many you can. After you get bored with removing 6 pieces, try to remove 10 pieces. #puzzle #math #brainteaser

## Common Core Math Preparation

Common Core Math test is on April 13,14,15 for grades 3-8. It is still not too late to start practicing and getting better. Practice and disciplined preparation will always increase scores and confidence, as well as decrease nervousness and stress on your child. Think forward and prepare in time. If you need some help, or just some advice, don't hesitate to contact MATH IS MATH. Ask for the Common Core package discount. mathismath.ny@gmail.com www.mathismath.com #math #tutori

## Math Puzzle 2.

Place three piles of matches (coins, or something small, that you can group together easily) on the table. Make one pile with 11 matches, the second one with 7 matches, and the third one with 6 matches. You are to move matches so that each pile contains 8 matches. You can add to any pile only as many matches as it already contains, and all the matches must come from one other pile. For example: If a pile contains 3 matches, you can add 3 to it, no more no less. You have THREE

## Success in 4th grade :)

One of my most dedicated students has been putting tremendous effort into understanding math and practice. She is asking questions, making notes as I suggested to her, and she is building her own confidence with my guidance. The first test in the new year made her happy ... and me too :) #math #testscores

## Math Puzzle 1.

Moving Checkers Place 6 checkers on a table in a row, alternating them black, white, black, white, and so on as shown. Leave a vacant place large enough for 4 checkers on the left. Move the checkers so that all the white ones will end on the left, followed by all the black ones. The checkers must be moved in pairs, taking 2 adjacent checkers at a time, withouth switching their order, and sliding them to a vacant place. To solve this problem, only 3 such moves are necessary. H

## Thoughts About Math Education [part1]: Homework

I have been thinking about what are the main common components of good, successful math education systems on our planet. To get some ideas I'll start to examine the different methods of some of the leading countries in math & science education. Most of us think that doing homework is related to success in math. Is the amount of homework really a significant measurement of a good math education? I found an article about this on the OECD web page. Does Homework Perpetuate Inequ

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