We Have a Math Crisis. Here’s How to Solve It.

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We Have a Math Crisis. Here's How to Solve it. Americans are lagging behind other countries in math. Many students have difficulty with math from an early age that affects their entire math education. This so-called 'math crisis' stems from students’ difficulty in understanding math concepts. Innumeracy-- what John Allen Paulos calls “the mathematical equivalent of not being able to read”--has become a long-term trend among American students. In 2012, the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) evaluation of 15-year-old students’ math scores found that Americans rank 24 out of 29 industrialized nations. America ranks behind 23 countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Spain. In recent years, this trend hasn’t shown signs of improvement. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics found that, in 2018, only 25% of American…
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Women in Math Who Really Add Up!

Women in Math Who Really Add Up!

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Women in Math Who Really Add Up! Happy International Women’s Day! Today, we want to celebrate the achievements of women in math. Although many women are enthusiastic about math, women only hold 15% of tenured mathematics positions in American universities as of 2016. Additionally, many girls interested in math and science do not pursue these careers because they face discouragement from peers and mentors. Let’s inspire young women by taking a look at five women in mathematics whose contributions really add up!Sofia Kovalevskaya (1850 - 1891)Born into a family of Russian nobles, Sofia Kovalevskaya learned calculus from a young age by reading her father’s old notes that were used as wallpaper in her nursery. After gaining support from her uncle and neighbor, she went to study mathematics in St. Petersburg and later at…
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Kinesthetic Learning in the Classroom

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Why Use Kinesthetic Learning in Your Classroom? The current math crisis shows that students struggle to learn math using traditional teaching methods. Rote memorization and practice problems take individual math topics out of context and make later math concepts more confusing. Additionally, many students have a lot of energy that reduces their ability to focus in class, especially if they have been diagnosed with ADHD. But, there are teaching techniques that take advantage of these problems to help students understand math. Kinesthetic learning uses physical activity to teach classroom material and engage students with what they learn. Best of all, it’s easy to integrate into your lesson plans.What is Kinesthetic Learning?Kinesthetic learning, also known as tactile learning or movement-based learning, uses physical movement to teach students new material. These activities…
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Pi Day Activities and Games For Your Classroom

Pi Day Activities and Games For Your Classroom

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Mathtastic Pi Day Activities Pi Day (3/14) celebrates pi, the mathematical constant used to find the circumference of a circle. When you divide the circumference of a circle by its diameter, the result is pi. As of 2019, Google mathematician Emma Haruka Iwao calculated the value of pi up to 31.4 trillion place values. That’s something to celebrate! Here are some fun activities to teach your class about pi and celebrate its uses! 1. Buffon’s Needle Problem The oldest known game involving pi is Buffon’s Needle Problem. In the 1700s, a French nobleman named Count Buffon observed that a popular game of chance could help calculate the value of pi. To try his experiment, toss some pencils on a sheet of lined paper. Next, count how many pencils you tossed,…
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After School Program at GIAC

After School Program at GIAC

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After School Program at GIAC On October 22, 2019, Math & Movement hosted an after school program for 11 students at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC). The goal was to increase student performance and understanding of skip counting and multiplication. As a bonus, students gained extra physical activity throughout the day. Hop To Multiplication! The program started with a pre-test to measure students’ math skills. They then learned two active math movements - basketball and soccer - as a warm-up to learn one-to-one correspondence and skip counting. Students then practiced skip counting by 3’s on our floor mats to solve multiplication problems. They jumped, hopped, and skipped to fill out a practice worksheet. They worked in pairs as part of a flexible grouping strategy, which improves social communication and…
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CSPAP: How Math & Movement Fits Your Proposal

CSPAP: How Math & Movement Fits Your Proposal

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CSPAP: How Math & Movement Fits Your Proposal How does Math & Movement fit into the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (CSPAP)?  Many schools across the nation have implemented Math & Movement to increase physical activity minutes in their classrooms. Our exercises and activities have been shown to help students become more physically active, which improves their grades, school attendance, cognitive performance, and classroom behaviors. So how does Math & Movement fit into the CSPAP framework? Quality of Physical Education CSPAP guidelines require planned physical activity throughout the school day. Math & Movement is a favorite of many physical education teachers. PE teachers use the Math & Movement Training Manual for K-5 Physical Education as a resource for standard-based activities that are easy and fun to implement. It provides activities and lesson…
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Throw an Active School Valentine’s Day Party For Your Class!

Throw an Active School Valentine’s Day Party For Your Class!

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5 Active Valentine's Day Games for Your Class! February is here, which means your school Valentine's Day party is coming up. Usually, these parties involve games, activities, and sweet treats. But your class can still stay active and healthy while having fun. Here are some Valentine’s Day class party ideas that will keep your students engaged and learning!Jump Rope for HeartDuring February, the American Heart Association hosts its annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. Students raise money for heart disease research through various jump rope activities. Include some Valentine’s Day-themed activities in their exercises and challenges during gym class, like jumping rope around the gym to see who can collect the most paper hearts!Jump Rope for Heart’s Skipping Skills works well with kinesthetic learning techniques. Your students could jump rope…
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Math & Movement Ten Frame Desk Sticker

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Math & Movement Game Boards Love our full size floor mats but want a smaller version for fun classroom games and activities? Try our new Math & Movement ten frame board game for fun math games and individual desk work. Our math game boards are designed for individual desk work. Each student gets their own reusable dry-erase compatible sticker to practice writing their numbers. They can also practice counting from 1 to 10 by tapping and counting on their desk. How to Use The Ten Frame Game Here’s an addition game to play with our Ten Frame Game Board! Have students write each number from 1 through 10 on their game boards using a dry-erase marker. Call out a number between 1 and 9. Have students draw a dot or…
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Math and Music: How Are They Connected?

Math and Music: How Are They Connected?

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Math and Music: How Are They Connected? Teachers are always looking for ways to make math education fun for their students. Whether they use online apps and games or movement-based strategies, they want to present content in an exciting, engaging way. And what’s more exciting and engaging than music? Teachers have begun to integrate math education and music education as a way to spark students’ interest in mathematics. The Overlap Math and music have a lot in common. Both subjects encourage thinking within set structures: math students solve problems within logical frameworks, while music students spend years learning theory to perform. These frameworks help students think systematically about their work. And this connection makes a difference: students who learned math using music improved their modeling, problem-solving, and practical application skills. Mathematical…
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Math Manipulatives in the Classroom

Math Manipulatives in the Classroom

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Math Manipulatives in the Classroom What do blocks, colorful plastic teddy bears, and wooden shapes have in common? They're all math manipulatives! They can certainly make learning math more fun, but do they help students master mathematical concepts? The research points to YES! What Are Math Manipulatives? Math manipulatives are physical objects students can use to better understand abstract math concepts. These tools can serve many different purposes - plastic animals for counting; dice for multiplication; colorful shapes for geometry. Manipulatives help students conceptualize through counting, weighing, measuring, adding, and molding objects. The opportunity to simply see concrete representations of concepts can make all the difference in how well students understand math concepts. How Do They Work? Math is a highly abstract subject, and many students have trouble making sense…
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