The good news is that the latest research in maths learning veers away from rote learning, timed test taking and many other traditionally used strategies that cause maths anxiety. This information is not shared in order to shape your child into some sort of child maths genius. Our goal is to celebrate maths, and make it a joyous learning process. If the student can focus more on problem solving and creative strategies rather than the procedural or calculation efforts, they will enjoy the journey of discovery, goal achievement and feel like maths ‘is their thing’.
Visual & Spatial Mathematics
Seeing as Understanding: The Importance of Visual Mathematics for our Brain and Learning.
Visual Math Improves Math Performance: by Jo Boaler, Stanford Professor of Mathematics Education, and Co-Founder of Youcubed.
Financial Times (July 22, 2016): Why Singapore’s kids are so good at maths.
The Straits Times (April 4, 2017): Singapore maths inspires UK educators
The Wall Street Journal (December 8, 2016): Copying Singapore’s Math Homework
Dr Yeap Ban Har discussing the origin and methodology of Singapore Math (YouTube video)
UK Edition Singapore Math – for the most divinely illustrated math books around
Education Reformation: Australian distributor for the Singapore Math program (closest available to the Australian curriculum)
Boaler, J. (2013). Ability and Mathematics: the mindset revolution that is reshaping education. FORUM, 55, 1, 143-152.
Boaler, Jo & Sengupta-Irving, Tesha (2006). Nature, Neglect and Nuance: Changing Accounts of Sex, Gender and Mathematics. in Chris Skelton & Lisa Smulyan (eds). Handbook of Gender and Education. Sage Publications (pp 207-220).
Medium.com (August 25, 2015): The Myth of Being ‘Bad’ at Math. How neuroscience is changing our mathematical future.
Wall Street Journal (November 1, 2016): Why Math Education in the U.S. Doesn’t Add Up. Research shows that an emphasis on memorization, rote procedures and speed impairs learning and achievement.
The Coversation (December 2, 2016): Boredom, alienation and anxiety in the maths classroom? Here’s why.
General Math Resources
YouCubed at Stanford University aims to inspire maths success for all students through growth mindsets and innovative teaching. Their Brain Science segment holds some wonderful papers on the latest research in learning.
Latest articles on math learnings: YouCubed For Parents