A mathematician has created a teaching method that’s proving there’s no such thing as a bad math student
February 15, 2017
By Jenny Anderson

As of 2017, his program, JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies) Math, is being used by 15,000 kids in eight US states (it is aligned with the Common Core), more than 150,000 in Canada, and about 12,000 in Spain.

over the past decade, the US and Canada have moved to a “discovery” or “inquiry” based approach to math by which kids are meant to figure out a lot of concepts on their own.
this approach is also called problem-based learning
But too many children don’t have the building blocks from which to discover the answers.

JUMP encourages a “growth” mindset: the belief that your abilities can improve with your efforts.

“collective effervescence,” the joy of knowing they can do it, rather than the joy of just getting a high mark.


Chutes and Ladders

Educating the Mathematical Brain
UWMadisonEducation. Nov 29, 2012

21:34 How much do we need to worry about molecular issues when we’re constructing bridges or space stations?
Science is always dealing with issues of levels

59:19 mental number line: Chutes and Ladders
Siegler & Ramani, 2009
Playing  linear  numerical  board  games  promotes  low-income children’s  numerical  development
Developmental  Science  11:5  (2008),  pp  655– 661
Robert  S.  Siegler  and  Geetha  B.  Ramani
Department  of  Psychology,  Carnegie  Mellon  University,  USA


Promoting broad and stable improvements in low-income children’s numerical knowledge through playing number board games.
Ramani GB1, Siegler RS.
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Numerical Activities and Information Learned at Home Link to the Exact Numeracy Skills in 5-6 Years-Old Children.
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Front Psychol. 2016 Feb 11;7:94.

When kids can identify numerals quickly, they have more working memory available to devote to solving math problems (Geary 2006)

Learning From Number Board Games: You Learn What You Encode.
Dev Psychol. 2013 Oct 7
Laski EV and Siegler RS.

impulse control
M J Nathan

finding neuromarkers: the new eugenics


Large Cross-National Differences in Gene × Socioeconomic Status Interaction on Intelligence.
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A core hypothesis in developmental theory predicts that genetic influences on intelligence and academic achievement are suppressed under conditions of socioeconomic privation and more fully realized under conditions of socioeconomic advantage: a Gene × Childhood Socioeconomic Status (SES) interaction. Tests of this hypothesis have produced apparently inconsistent results. We performed a meta-analysis of tests of Gene × SES interaction on intelligence and academic-achievement test scores, allowing for stratification by nation (United States vs. non-United States), and we conducted rigorous tests for publication bias and between-studies heterogeneity. In U.S. studies, we found clear support for moderately sized Gene × SES effects. In studies from Western Europe and Australia, where social policies ensure more uniform access to high-quality education and health care, Gene × SES effects were zero or reversed.
behavior genetics; intelligence; open data; socioeconomic status

The impact of poverty on the development of brain networks.
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Math: the single most powerful predictor …

Why Math Might Be The Secret To School Success
December 09, 2014

Since last year, more than 30 states have expanded access to preschool. But there’s still a lack of evidence about exactly what kinds of interventions are most effective in those crucial early years.

preschool students are jumping as they count, to get the feeling of the numbers into their bodies — a concept called “embodied cognition.”

The study is funded by the Robin Hood Foundation, which is dedicated to ending poverty in New York. Pamela Morris, with research group MDRC, is the lead investigator.

There’s plenty of evidence on the long-term importance of preschool. But why math? Morris says a 2013 study by Greg Duncan, at the University of California, Irvine’s School of Education, showed that math knowledge at the beginning of elementary school was the single most powerful predictor determining whether a student would graduate from high school and attend college.

University of Denver professor Doug Clements is the creator of Building Blocks, the math curriculum being tested in this new study. Building Blocks is designed to be just the opposite: engaging, exciting and loud. “We want kids running around the classroom and bumping into mathematics at every turn.”

they observe correctly that a geometric shape must be a “closed figure” and that a square is “a special rectangle.”

“How do you know it’s a circle?” asks the teacher. “Because it goes round and round,” says one girl with a bear barrette in her hair.

When Ms. Conigliaro asks, “How do you know?” she’s asking the kids to think about their own thinking. That’s a skill called metacognition. Explaining your reasoning out loud also develops verbal ability.

computer games matched to Building Blocks that keep track of each student’s progress. And two children play a game called Number Match (“Is three more than two? How do you know?”) as a teacher watches. The teacher is keeping notes of each child’s level of understanding. The idea of developmental paths, or “trajectories of understanding,” is a core concept in Building Blocks.

Morris is curious whether working on math will enhance the children’s ability to self-regulate, inhibit impulses, pay attention appropriately and hold important concepts in working memory. This is a group of skills known as executive functioning. For example, if the teacher says “clap and count to five,” will you be able to stop clapping before you get to six?

mheducation.com > Building Blocks™

McGraw-Hill Education Releases New Version of Building Blocks™ to Improve Student Math Skills with 50 Percent More Games and Adaptive Learning Technology
March 18, 2015
… through Grade 8 based on learning trajectories

Building Blocks Pre-K




Rule Usage in Children’s Understanding of “Big” and “Little”

Rule Usage in Children’s Understanding of “Big” and “Little”
Child Development, 1984, 55(6)

A Case for Finger Counting
New research suggests that young children may make gains in math by counting with their fingers.
July 14, 2017


1st Graders Learn Math Concepts Through Dance — Arts Integration Minute
Rick Wamer

Warm Up All kids