Taking notes in math is not like note taking in other subjects, and surprising, fewer students take notes in math. However, it's a great score improving strategy when they're taken properly. Learn how you can improve your scores in math by a implementing a few simple techniques of note taking. If you're a device user, there are tips for you too. Personally, I think it's essential to take great notes in math, it's a proven and worthwhile strategy.
It's always fun for learners to link math activities to the current theme which is Christmas! Here are some Christmas worksheets suitable for younger learners. Another Christmas activity I like learners to do is to calculate the cost of the 12 days of Christmas. Using the current prices of the 12 days of Christmas items (partridge in a pear tree, 2 turtle doves, 3 french hens ...) have students look up the prices and calculate the total cost of the true love's gifts this year.
Calculus! Students entering high school have heard that one of the math courses they'll be taking if they stick with math, (and hopefully they do) is Calculus. The next question they usually have is 'What is Calculus?' My response is, it's a great subject, you'll come to enjoy. You'll need to work at it and bring with you that positive attitude. And, I strongly urge them to take on the challenge and sign up for Calculus. Not only that, it's an opportunity gateway. We know that sticking with the maths (and sciences) leads to greater opportunities of employment. So here is that overview about Calculus.
Decimals that is! This week, I put together 10 decimal worksheets that focus on adding numbers with up to three decimal places. Typically, this type of concept is taught in the fifth grades, however, exposure to decimals occurs earlier. It`s often handy to use money when adding decimals, money helps keep the concept authentic.
See also, an overview of multiplying decimals by 10, 100, 1000 and using mental math.
I'm amazed every year to find a question about the mode on the third grade standardized assessment. Think about it, an eight year old in the third grade. What is the relevance of mode to this younster? Unfortunately, it's become one of my pet peeves, why not stick to the main themes in math? How important in the bigger scheme of things is the mode to an eight year old? What I've discovered is that it's really about vocabulary and whether or not the child makes sense of the mode, one thing they do is memorize 'mode means most', then they attack the question. If you've forgotten mode, this article is for you and it gives you the 101 on mean, median and mode.
Math is a subject that builds upon skills year after year, with each year providing the foundation block to advance to the next level of difficulty. For Algebra, the early beginnings are called patterning. Patterning begins in pre-school when youngsters look for a similarity and begin sorting and classifying objects based on an attribute. This week, I've given a synopses of how patterning through the years leads to pre-algebra and then algebra. Although, it's not anywhere as simplistic as I've tried to show!
Learn from your mistakes! If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times. The best learning and sometimes the most permanent learning stems from making a mistake. When you take the time to learn from a mistake, you are actually moving toward a better understanding. How often to you actually review tests when they've been handed back and scour it for errors in order to learn from them? Make this a habit and it will go a long way in helping you to learn and better understand troubling math concepts. See the full article here.
Despite the efforts to improve the scores in math, the results suggest only a small increase. The fourth and eighth graders are still lacking the basic skills in math. Improvement is slow to come. The good news? They are doing better today than they were doing in the 1990's. What else did the study show? That there is a slight gender discrepancy, as more boys than girls were at or above the proficient level for in grade and and grade four in math. See the full story at ABC news.
Have your say:
- Do the Common Core Standards help raise scores?
- Why is there still a gender gap?
- Does improved teacher professional development lead to enhanced scores?
- Why are Asian/Pacific Islanders out performing?
The distributive property which is sometimes referred to as the distributive law is something you'll use in both arithmetic and in algebra. It's appropriately named because you are indeed separating and distributing. If you're somewhat uncertain about what the property is or means, you'll find a very friendly and useful tutorial about using this property in both arithmetic and in algebra.
Of course, once you know what it is, it's more important to start using it. Here are some worksheets with the answers on the second page to get you started.
Can a baby distinguish between 10 or 20 dots? The evidence in this research study shows they can. The study then goes on to say that we are born with math proficiency. If you are slightly skeptic, then get in line! Here we go once again debating nurture and nature and when it comes to the research, there are just too many variables to be able to make a strong, informed decision. However, it's an amusing bit of research and worth the read. I do think that young learners are capable learners and it's never too early to start on early numeracy concepts.